Subject: ELA (English Language Arts), ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)
Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins
Topic: Greek and Latin Roots
Brief Description: This lesson provides students with the opportunity to practice using Greek and Latin roots to help figure out the meaning of words they’re not familiar with.
Know Before You Start: Provide students with a list of common Greek and Latin roots to use as a reference.
- Read and discuss the sample comic.
- Display the words biography and biology on the board. Read the words together and have students discuss the meaning of these two words.
- Circle bio and remind students that the word bio is from Greek origin and means life. Biography is the story of someone’s life. Biology is the study of life.
- Are there any other words you can think of that have the Greek root bio in them?
- Assign students a Greek or Latin root, e.g., morph, aud, dict, astir.
- Have students identify two words that have their root.
- Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic that uses two words with their assigned root, and explains the meaning of the root word.
- Use this opportunity to connect Greek and Latin roots in English to their home language if applicable, e.g., both English and Spanish use the Greek word aud; which means hear; auditorium = auditorio.
- Have students share their comics with the whole class or in small groups.
- Display the comics in the classroom as a reference.
- Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
- Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
- Provide two sample words as needed.
- Allow students to use a dictionary as a resource.
- Adapt this lesson as needed to meet your students’ language levels.