Subject: ELA (English Language Arts), ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Greek and Latin Roots

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8

Standards / Framework:

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 turn and talk to 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?

Activity: It’s time to practice using common Greek and Latin roots while creating a comic. 

  • 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.

Closure: Have students share their comics with the whole class or in small groups. Display the comics in the classroom as a reference.


  • Have students work together in small groups. 
  • 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.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.