Student Materials: Words & Their Histories
Introduces several new word-learning principles about unusual words
in our language. These principles relate to the idea that some words
have special sounds, histories, spellings or inferential meanings. A
three-part vocabulary-building strategy is presented.
The strategy is (1) to use a word’s spelling or sound clues,
(2) to think about a word’s history, and (3) to create
a mnemonic device that has personal meaning.
All of the vocabulary words to learn in this lesson derive from Greek and Latin myths.
Students learn an important principle about word origins.
Students learn to use their knowledge of an unknown word's history to determine its meaning.
All words appear in boldface in a high-interest story that shows new words used in natural situations.
After reading the story and determining the meaning of each vocabulary word, students reinforce their understanding of how word history affects word meaning.