{Schoolhouse Review} Greek Morphemes Lessons

All through my years of teaching my children, the one skill that I thought was the most helpful was learning word roots.

And Ready to Teach has a wonderful curriculum to help your older students learn their Greek morphemes, titled: Greek Morphemes Lessons (It's NOT Greek to Me!)

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What It Is And What You Get:

This vocabulary program will give your students the tools they need to understand our complex language. Over 60 percent of all English words contain either a Greek or Latin morphemes (prefixes, suffixes, and roots), so knowing their meanings is very important. I received a Student Book and Instructor's Manual, plus a CD that contained the PowerPoint lessons.

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I also received a thumb drive with the lessons on it as well; beginning in April, Ready to Teach will be including thumb drives only. You can ask to get a CD if that works better for you.

There are twelve lessons in the program, each lessons taking up a week of study. There is also a mid term (after lesson 6) and a final at the end, so if you followed the above schedule you could complete the program in about 14 weeks, or 1 semester. Perfect for high school students.

The Instructor's Manual does come with a suggested five-day schedule, which is super handy. I modified the schedule to fit it into our own and tweaked their suggestions to make it fit into three days of study a week.

Each lesson focuses on 16 words, and works through the Greek roots, prefixes, and suffixes. For example, from the word anarchy we learned that:

  • an =  not, without
  • arch = govern, rule
  • -y = makes abstract noun (something you cannot sense with your five senses)
And by knowing these roots, you can figure out that anarchy means without government. 

Through each lesson, the student will watch the PowerPoint and do various activities. Some of these are creating sentences, creating your own words from the roots and suffixes, and writing definitions of other words based on the morphemes they know. They are also encouraged to make flashcards of the roots and their meaning, and are reminded in the text to spend time working through them.

At the end of each lesson is an interactive test or review on the thumb drive. You do need to keep track of your score as you go through the questions if you want to record a grade.

How We Used This And What We Thought:

I decided to have Bookworm do this course. She has a lighter load this semester and I really want her to have a solid knowledge of morphemes. She divided the week of work into three days:

Day 1: She watched the PowerPoint presentation. The first time she started it, she was manually going through the slides. If you know anything about PowerPoint, you know that if you do this you are basically seeing all of the information on the slide all at one time. I helped her out and we viewed it as a slide show, and by pushing the forward arrow key, moved through the presentation. The presentation is engaging, humorous, and walks the student through the first assignment in the Student Book.

On day 1 she also completed both Assignments A and B. These assignments have the student find the morphemes in 16 words. Then based on the meaning of the morphemes, they guess what the word means by giving an M.D, or My Definition. They also look it up in a dictionary to get the D.D., or Dictionary Definition.

Day 2: She completed Assignment C in her Student Book. And again, the PowerPoint led her through it step by step so she knew exactly what to do. This section had her writing sentences with the words she had learned, and coming up with a couple of new words too. She also spent time going over the flashcards.

Day 3: Today she completed Assignment D. She was given words and then broke them down by morphemes to come up with the definition.

She also did a fun activity, and chose words to match with different phrases.

For example, she had to match this phrase:

would cause you to never visit an old folks' home

and used this word:


(archae + ancient; demo = people; phobia = a fear of)

She would spend between 20 to 45 minutes a day on this; I am thinking that after the first six weeks I will give her a week to study all her flashcards before the midterm test. Each lesson does build on previous lessons so the morphemes they learn in the first lessons are reviewed throughout the program.

 One thing we did run into: since you control the speed of the Powerpoint, Bookworm did tend to move pretty quickly through the lesson part. When I realized what she was doing I told her to read aloud the words as they came up. That slowed her down enough to understand the lesson even better.

I really, really liked this. So much so, that I am very seriously considering getting myself a workbook to go through this as well. Mr. Lego already has his last semester of high school planned out, or else I would have had him doing this program too. I was also excited to see on the Ready to Teach website, the same type of program for Latin morphemes. I am thinking that would be a great addition to Bookworm's next year of schooling.

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