Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Word Structure

Teaching Vocabulary Explicitly is part of an Effective Instructional Strategies Series published by Pacific Resources for Education and Learning. The document includes many examples of word learning strategies, such as using the prefix, suffix or root of the words for analysis.

According to Teaching Morphology: Enhancing Vocabulary Development and Reading Comprehension, awareness of morphology has been shown to be a strong indicator of and have a positive influence upon reading comprehension (Soifer, 2005). A weakness in this area could inhibit text comprehension. This article discusses the importance of morphology instruction and suggests some instructional strategies.

The National Institute for Literacy Hot Topics focuses on morphology as a key literacy component. Struggling adolescent readers who lack the knowledge of morphological structure will have more difficulty in recognizing and learning words. The article discusses instruction in morphology and syllabication as ways to address these challenges.

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