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This activity will teach you how to create a successful list of root-related words based on one of the vocabulary words you have collected for the week. . Vocabulary Collectors. Meaningful writing activity = root-related words. Here’s a vocabulary word you need to know today: etymology.

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Vocabulary collectors

This activity will teach you how to create a successful list of root-related wordsbased on one of the vocabulary words you have collected for the week.

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Meaningful writing activity = root-related words


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Here’s a vocabulary word you need to know today: of etymology

etymology(noun) — the study of words’ origins, often focusing on how Greek and Latin roots contributed to modern words.

adjective form: etymologicaladverb form: etymologically

root analysis: eteos(Greek root, meaning ‘true’) + ology (Greek root, meaning ‘the study of’)

Related words: geology (the study of earth), astrology (the study of stars), biology (the study of life) ), entomology (the study of insects)

As modern English developed as a language, it based its new words on words that existed in other languages.

Mostly we borrowed from Greek and Latin, and that is why so many of our words share roots…like the list of four related words seen at left.

Anytime you see –ology in an English word, you know it must be a word that means the study of something.

Let’s further analyze these four related words by looking at their other roots.

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Here are four groups of words that are also “cousins” to each other

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Be careful not to pick prefixes and suffixes. We’re looking at root words

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It’s a great skill to be analyze unfamiliar words’ roots.

triskaidekaphobia

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Let’s say you come across an unfamiliar word to you. Like…

Analyze the word for roots you may know.

This word means the fear of the number 13.

triangle and tricycle, both share the tri root, which must mean three.

Deka…hmmm. I know decade is ten years and a decathlon has ten events. The Greeks interchanged c’s and k’s

phobia, I know, means fear because I suffer from claustrophobia.

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My clues are: three + ten + fear


they are both important parts of words roots.

they both give us clues to word meanings


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i roots.nnovative(adjective) — a word to describe something that has new, original features, or someone that shows original ideas or thinking.

Good dictionaries, after providing the definition of a word, also share the word’s etymology, or its language of origin.

This information is usually found in [brackets] right after the definition. Often there are more modern languages cited, but you should focus on the original Latin or Greek root and its meaning.

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[from Latin novus, meaning new.]

novice(n) a person who is new to a task or idea. Related or not?

Once you know the meaning of the Latin or the Greek root, your job is to find three other words with the root nov in them that also have something to do with new.

Just because nov is in a word doesn’t guarantee the word is related; you have to look for the connection to the idea of new.

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November (n) the eleventh month of the calendar. Related or not?

renovate (vt) to improve something so that it seems newagain. Related or not?

novella (n) a short novel. Related or not?


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i roots.nnovative(adjective) — a word to describe something that has new, original features, or someone that shows original ideas or thinking.

  • When you paraphrase your three related words’ definitions, you must highlight the original word’s meaning in the same bright color. Click now!

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[from Latin novus, meaning new.]

novice(n) a person who is new to a task or idea.

new

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renovate (vt) to improve something so that it seems newagain.

new

novel(adj) a word describing something that seems strikingly new and unusual or different.

new


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Vocabulary Collectors roots.

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Click herefor a printable version of this rubric for your students.


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malevolent roots.(adjective) — having or showing a wish to do evil or bad to others.

noun form: malevolence

adverb form: malevolently

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root analysis: from Latinmal- (meaning bad) and volence (meaning wish)

Related words:

malfunction - malformation -malaria -

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If you confirmed these three were relatives of malevolent, how would you define them in your own words?

Work with a partner to create definitions for the 3 related words that use the word bad.


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malevolent roots.(adjective) — having or showing a wish to do evil or bad to others.

noun form: malevolence

adverb form: malevolently

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root analysis: from Latinmal- (meaning bad) and volence (meaning wish)

Related words:

malfunction – (n) a badmovement on something’s part.

malformation – (n) an unnatural or badgrowth on something.

malaria – (n) a bad sickness. Literally means bad + air.

The related words’ definitions must be written in your own words, and they must contain the root word’s definition.

Meaningful writing activity = root-related words

Work with a partner to create definitions for the 3 related words that use the word bad.


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Does this entry for roots.malevolent earn a 4 or…?

malevolent(adjective) — having or showing a wish to do evil or bad to others.

noun form: malevolence

adverb form: malevolently

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root analysis: from Latinmal- (meaning bad) and volence (meaning wish)

Related words:

malfunction – (n) a badmovement on something’s part.

malformation – (n) an unnatural or badgrowth on something.

malaria – (n) a bad sickness. Literally means bad + air.

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Take a close look at the rubric again.


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Let’s try another, shall we? roots.

peripheral(adjective) — describing something located on or making up the outer boundary.

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noun form: periphery

root analysis: from Latinperi- (meaning around) and pherein(meaning carry)

Related words:

periscope –

perimeter–

periapt –

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Work with a partner to create definitions for the 3 related words that use the word around.


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Let’s try another, shall we? roots.

peripheral(adjective) — describing something located on or making up the outer boundary.

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noun form: periphery

root analysis: from Latinperi- (meaning around) and pherein(meaning carry)

Related words:

periscope – (noun) a special viewer that can look all the way around.

perimeter– (noun) the measured area around something.

periapt – (noun) a necklace or amulet, which fastens aroundthe neck.

Meaningful writing activity = root-related words

Work with a partner to create definitions for the 3 related words that use the word around.


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Remember…here’s what a four looks like! roots.

artificer(noun) — a skilled craftsman or inventor.

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root analysis: from Latin arte- (meaning skill) and facere(meaning to do)

Related words:

artisan – (n) a skilled person who specializes with a craft.

artifact – (n) something that showcases a human skill. artificial – (adj) something manmade that required skill to create.

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Or you might have gone this direction....


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Remember…here’s what a four looks like! roots.

artificer(noun) — a skilled craftsman or inventor.

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root analysis: from Latin arte- (meaning skill) and facere(meaning to do)

Related words:

benefactor – (n) a person who likes to dogood by donating to others.

factual – (adj) describing something true, or something donefor certain. facile – (adj) having a simple approach, done in a way that’s easy to do.

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Words can contain more than one Greek/Latin root . With artifice, you can analyze either root.


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The goal here is to become a “dictionary detective” and find proof that words are related.

artificer(noun) — a skilled craftsman or inventor.

artificer(noun) — a skilled craftsman or inventor.

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root analysis: from Latin arte- (meaning skill) and facere(meaning to do)

Related words:

artisan – (n) a skilled person who specializes with a craft.

artifact – (n) something that showcases a human skill. artificial – (adj) something manmade that required skill to create.

root analysis: from Latin arte- (meaning skill) and facere(meaning to do)

Related words:

benefactor – (n) a person who likes to dogood by donating to others.

factual – (adj) describing something true, or something donefor certain. facile – (adj) having a simple approach, done in a way that’s easy to do.

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You are also learning to explain a word’s meanings through paraphrasing, which is a good skill.


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Vocabulary Collectors find proof that words are related.

Meaningful writing activity = root-related words

Consulting the rubric multiple times is never a bad idea.


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And don’t forget there’s a colorful lesson online that has students publishing root posters for the hallway…or your ceiling…or?

Thanks for watching.

Collect vocabulary to better your future. People like you if you have a good vocabulary.

At my website, there is a free-to-access poster-making lesson called Root Attack Posters! These make for a nicely decorated hallway that will impress your principal.

Click hereto visit that lesson.

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