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Reading Lesson Idea: Teaching Word Structure


Understanding word structure and being able to identify root or base words, prefixes and suffixes will give your student valuable vocabulary-building skills.

  • Paper and pencil.
  • An interesting and challenging text.
  • Handout: Prefixes & Suffixes
  • There is another list on pp. 174-176 of Teaching Adults
  • Create several “word families.” Example: happy, happiness, happily, unhappy, unhappiness, unhappily, etc. You and your student can take turns thinking of new members for the family.
  • Use the word family to show how to use word structure as a cue to meaning: identify the root or base word and suffix or prefix in each case.
  • Advanced: choose a reading from an interesting and challenging text and find all the the words with either a prefix or suffix. Based on the word's structure, guess its meaning. Check your guesses with a dictionary.
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