Sometimes I get a phone call, sometimes a text, and sometimes the call comes via email or in person during one of our training workshops, but however it comes, it often includes a request for a cheat sheet--for some version of a “Rules for Riggs teachers” list. Over and over again, people want to know what’s non-negotiable.
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: