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ERIC Number: EJ1055647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Recurrent Prefixes, Roots, and Suffixes: A Morphemic Approach to Disciplinary Literacy
Mountain, Lee
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v58 n7 p561-567 Apr 2015
Students in a content-area reading course examined the vocabulary of each of their disciplines, focusing on recurrent roots and affixes. They wanted to become teachers of math, science, English, music, and history; therefore, they needed to learn discipline-specific morphemes so they could help their future students figure out new words in their content areas. The students: (1) analyzed words in their disciplinary vocabularies, using recurrent roots and affixes to aid in comprehension of word meaning; (2) adapted traditional reading strategies for disciplinary use; (3) discovered that many roots and affixes which were seemingly particular to one discipline also contributed to the meanings of words in other disciplines; and (4) designed content-area lessons using a morphemic approach. The class learned that teaching the meanings of morphemes could improve disciplinary literacy and could also help with vocabulary in other content areas.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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