Saturday Spelling Symposium: Word Study with the 4-Step Process (PD408)
- The semantic form. Figure out how to compose sentences that show meaning. Go from “I saw a lizard.” to “A lizard is a scaly, cold-blooded reptile.”
- The orthographic form. Show students a simple marking system that helps them pay attention to irregular word forms.
- The morphological form. Use simple, powerful tools to build morphemic awareness in your students.
- The etymological form. Build lists of words that are connected by their history and morphemes, rather than resorting to building word lists that are related only in their sounds. Sound-based lists just won’t deliver the richness that our language has to offer.
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