ERIC Number: ED268548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Answering Students' Questions about Words.
Tompkins, Gail E.; Yaden, David B., Jr.
Acknowledging that to study the development of a language is to study the history and culture of people and that English has been influenced by many geographic, political, economic, social, and linguistic forces, this booklet provides a ready reference for elementary and middle school/junior high school teachers confronted with students' questions about the characteristics of the language they speak and are learning to read and write. Since most questions are directed toward words and their spellings, the first section of the booklet emphasizes selected historical aspects of vocabulary growth and orthographic change. The second section of the booklet presents exercises designed around actual student questions, providing not only initial suggestions for vocabulary study activities, but also a rationale for the incongruities of English with an eye toward putting modern usage into a historical perspective. (HTH)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Diachronic Linguistics, Elementary Education, English, Etymology, Language Patterns, Linguistic Borrowing, Linguistics, Orthographic Symbols, Teaching Methods, Theory Practice Relationship
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801 (Stock No. 01879, $5.00 member, $6.50 nonmember).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, Urbana, IL.
Note: TRIP: Theory & Research into Practice.