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Building Vocabulary Through Morphology and Word Consciousness in Primary/Elementary Students
Dozens of curricula exist to “make our lives easier” when it comes teaching vocabulary. These curricula neglect to mention the toughest obstacle in vocabulary instruction—how to choose the best words to teach for the students who need them. Participants look at vocabulary research, practice categorizing words according to the three-tier model, and ultimately learn what goes into choosing a good word for instruction and how to implement those techniques in preparing words for students.

They are introduced to morphology. They learn and practice with the vocabulary of morphology. They explore key constructions to be found in words coming from each major language of origin and how and why that might prove useful for students who struggle with learning to read and spell. Participants leave with a deeper knowledge the hows and whys of English.

With a particular eye to primary and elementary students, participants build upon the word selection and etymology/morphology frameworks. They learn morphology-based word attack skills and have multiple opportunities to apply them to authentic word analysis. They explore the differences between phonology and morphology, examine components of an effective morphology lesson, practice with effective activities to aid in morphological understanding, and discuss how best to integrate instruction with other content material. They practice with each component and leave with a deeper understanding of how the language works and how to share that knowledge with their students the very next day.
Target Audience
Core classroom teachers, Special Educators, Reading Specialists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Literacy Coaches, English Learner Instructors, School Administrators, School Psychologists
Learner Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • describe the three-tier model & word categorization
  • explain the differences between phonology and morphology
  • Give examples of morphology-based word attack skills.

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04/06/2020 8:30 AM-4:00 PM2PaTTAN - Harrisburg 34213 WaitList 9999



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