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Crosson, Amy C.; McKeown, Margaret G. – Cognition and Instruction, 2016
This study investigated how middle school students leverage information about bound Latin roots (e.g., "voc" in "advocate" and "vociferous") to infer meanings of unfamiliar words, and how instruction may facilitate morphological analysis using roots. A dynamic assessment of morphological analysis was administered to…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Metalinguistics, Latin, Inferences
Rasinski, Timothy; Padak, Nancy; Newton, Joanna – Educational Leadership, 2017
Wide vocabulary knowledge is associated with proficiency in reading comprehension and scores on tests involving comprehension. Yet assessments show that U.S. students at various grade levels have demonstrated no improvement in their vocabulary knowledge since 2009. Literacy expert Timothy Rasinski and colleagues argue that students need improved…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Reading Comprehension, Instructional Improvement
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Moon, Bruce L. – Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 2011
This viewpoint addresses ethical questions regarding the provision of art therapy as a pro bono service, a term from Latin roots that mean "for the public good." Approaches to ethical reasoning are discussed using the case of pro bono art therapy in a residential treatment program for adolescents.
Descriptors: Ethics, Art Therapy, Costs, Decision Making
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Crosson, Amy C.; Moore, Debra – Reading Psychology, 2017
A majority of the challenging words that adolescent readers encounter in school texts are morphologically complex and from the Latinate layer of English. For these words, bound roots carry important meaning, such as the relation between innovative and its bound root, nov, meaning "new." This study investigated the effects of instruction…
Descriptors: Adolescents, Middle School Students, High School Students, Intervention
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Claravall, Eric Blancaflor – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 2016
Morphology is the study of word structure and its meaning. Knowledge and awareness of morphological structure provides a new light to help students with reading disabilities build skills in their word reading and spelling. When teaching morphology, teachers can focus on four literacy components (Claravall, 2013): morphemic analysis, vocabulary and…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Morphology (Languages), Reading Difficulties, Spelling
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Russ, Helen – Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 2015
Derived from the Etruscan and Greek alphabets, Latin is a classical language that has influenced modern languages such as English, French, Italian and Spanish. With its Latin and Greek roots, this paper argues that the word lexion is an appropriate and necessary addition to the English language. Lex in Latin means, law, syllabus, statute and…
Descriptors: English, Latin, Greek, Vocabulary
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Rasinski, Timothy V.; Padak, Nancy; Newton, Joanna; Newton, Evangeline – Reading Teacher, 2011
In this article, the authors make a case for teaching vocabulary in the elementary grades through a focus on the morphological structure of words, in particular English words that are derived through Latin and Greek roots and affixes. The authors present a set of engaging instructional ideas for the use of Latin and Greek derivations to teach…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Reading Instruction
Barmore, Karen – Arts & Activities, 2011
Russia is a very large country, spanning across the two continents of Asia and Europe. It has a rich folk-art tradition. In old Russia, among peasants, "Matryona" or "Matriosha" was a very popular female name. The Latin root "mater" means "mother." This name was associated with the image of a large,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Folk Culture, Studio Art, Ceramics
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Nilsen, Alleen Pace; Nilsen, Don L. F. – Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 2006
Teachers can build on students' familiarity with and respect for the Harry Potter books to create source-based vocabulary lessons. The idea is to work with the Latin roots that J. K. Rowling uses to create original names for places, people, and magical charms and then to extend students' knowledge through exploration of additional English words…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Familiarity, Latin, Vocabulary Development
Yearta, Lindsay Sheronick – ProQuest LLC, 2012
Vocabulary and comprehension are so inextricably linked that it ensures the necessity of researchers and teachers to determine the most effective method of vocabulary instruction. Our nation's children are still victims of what has been termed the vocabulary gap (Biemiller & Boote, 2006). This "vocabulary gap," according to a large…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Vocabulary Development, Internet, Teaching Methods
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Kail, Suzanne R. – English Journal, 2008
High school teacher Suzanne R. Kail and her students uncover the relevance of learning Latin and Greek roots to enhance vocabulary and spelling. Kail reflects on her experience of combining what might be seen as an old-school practice of memorization with promoting higher level thinking skills and anticipates what she will revise for the next…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Latin, Thinking Skills, English Instruction
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Pampush, James D.; Petto, Andrew J. – Anatomical Sciences Education, 2011
Commonly used technical anatomy and physiology (A&P) terms are predominantly rooted in Latin and Greek vocabulary, so it is commonly inferred that a solid grounding in Latin and Greek roots of medical terminology will improve student learning in anatomy and related disciplines. This study examines the association of etymological knowledge of…
Descriptors: Anatomy, Physiology, Undergraduate Students, Latin
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Padak, Nancy; Bromley, Karen; Rasinski, Tim; Newton, Evangeline – Educational Leadership, 2012
When young readers encounter texts that contain too many unfamiliar words, their comprehension suffers. Reading becomes slow, laborious, and frustrating, impeding their learning. That's why vocabulary knowledge is a key element in reading comprehension. To comprehend fully and learn well, all students need regular vocabulary exploration.…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Misconceptions, Latin, Greek
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Vargas, Manuel P.; Kuhl, Paul E. – Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 2008
This article describes a curriculum initiative intended to lay the foundational knowledge for a dialogue between Afro-Latinos and African Americans living in the United States. Afro-Latinos trace their roots to Africa and Latin America; although their physical characteristics are similar to those of African descent, their ethnic backgrounds…
Descriptors: African Americans, Preservice Teachers, Hispanic Americans, Blacks
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Kessler, James W. – American Biology Teacher, 1999
Describes a method of presenting Greek and Latin root words in order to teach biological terminology. Presents a sample root word list and related activity. (WRM)
Descriptors: Biological Sciences, Biology, Higher Education, Science Instruction
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