In some of my recent articles, we talked about morphological families: families whose members share a common meaning and structure. We talked about morphological families like BED, BEDS, BEDDING; CAT, CATS, CATTY; DO, DOING, DOES, DONE, UNDONE; FAST, FASTER, FASTEST; and I showed you how students can use scientific investigations and tools to help them understand these families.
More importantly, we saw how doing this kind of word study (how working with morphological families) would do powerful things for your students:
In Greek mythology, Morpheus is the son of Hypnos (the god of sleep) and Nyx (the goddess of the night).
While reading a transcript of a Meet the Press segment last night, I noticed that Moderator Chuck Todd used the word litigate in a new (to me) way. Todd said:
Let me begin with this question, the presidency is about choices.
Have you seen the short TED-Ed lesson, “Making Sense of Spelling”? It's great! Who knew that an onion could teach us so much? My mentor, Myrna McCulloch (founder of the Riggs Institute), did.
One of the things I love about teaching students with McCulloch's program is that it takes my students way beyond phonics.