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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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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
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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
Luyster, Ellen M. – 1980
A study is described in this paper that was conducted to determine the frequency and percentage of words containing Latin prefixes and roots in the "Harris Jacobson Core List" (Basic Elementary Reading Vocabularies, 1972). The results of the study indicate that the percentage of words containing Latin prefixes and roots increases…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Latin, Linguistic Borrowing, Reading Instruction
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Adams, Marilyn Jager; Henry, Marcia K. – School Psychology Review, 1997
Examines and refutes six myths about beginning and developing reading instruction. Discusses importance of teaching phonological awareness and decoding in beginning reading and of teaching syllable patterns and morpheme patterns from Anglo-Saxon, Greek, and Latin roots and affixes in developing reading. (Author/JDM)
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Classical Languages, Greek, Latin
Putnam, Lillian R. – 1979
This guide to teaching reading skills in the science classroom incorporates methods primarily associated with teaching reading as an isolated subject. Recommendations include determining the students' reading instructional level, matching text materials to that level, developing vocabulary through context clues and Latin and Greek roots, and…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Elementary Secondary Education, Reading Comprehension, Reading Instruction
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Yoshimoto, Ronald – TEACHING Exceptional Children, 1997
This article describes the Advanced Language Structures program, a language program for students in grades K-12 who are gifted or gifted/at-risk or who have dyslexia/learning disabilities. The program emphasizes prefixes, suffixes, and Latin/Greek roots to provide students with strategies for reading and spelling higher-level words and developing…
Descriptors: Dyslexia, Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction, Gifted
Blanchard, Cherie – 2002
This workbook is designed to help students expand their spelling, vocabulary, and comprehension skills through the study of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Noting that roots, prefixes, and suffixes are the building blocks upon which all words are formed, the introduction contends that a thorough knowledge of these elements will greatly enhance…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Intermediate Grades, Learning Activities, Prefixes (Grammar)
Payne, Jean W. – 1973
A Latin Pilot Study was initiated by the Alexandria City Schools in the school year 1972-73 and continued in 1973-74 in an attempt to increase the English reading skills of elementary students. It was proposed that Latin instruction with strong emphasis on relating English words to their Latin roots and affixes would strengthen reading skills, in…
Descriptors: Classical Languages, Elementary Education, English, Etymology
McCulloch, Myrna – 1995
This teacher's edition presents a chronological adaptation and extension of the classic text, "The Writing Road to Reading" by Romalda and Walter Spalding, to teach a practical, step-by-step language arts instruction which integrates all of the language strands. The method described in the book uses non-consumable teacher materials,…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Language Arts, Primary Education, Reading Instruction
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Henry, Marcia K. – Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 1993
Suggests that students in upper elementary grades and high schools may benefit from extended decoding and spelling instruction, requiring strategies going well beyond phonics. Asserts that learning about morphological structure may provide the strategies needed to decode and spell multisyllabic words. Reviews literature providing a rationale for…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Decoding (Reading), Instructional Design, Intermediate Grades
Kentucky State Dept. of Education, Frankfort. Div. of Program Development. – 1976
This booklet lists skills and activities that may be used by parents and teachers to insure the success of each child in reading. Designed for grades four through seven, the booklet suggests procedures for parental assistance, determining reading readiness and reading levels, developing basic reading skills, outlining a reading lesson for skills…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Elementary Education, Listening Skills, Parent Participation