The 12 Days of Literacy Strategies for Gifted Readers: Day 2 Getting to the Root of Vocabulary

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One of the defining characteristics of a gifted or accelerated reader is that of a robust vocabulary. As a result, they benefit from a deeper exploration of word meaning and usage. A closer examination of morphology and etymology provides the vehicle for gifted readers to explore the deeper meaning of texts they read.

Morphology and Etymology involve looking at the structure and origin of words. These strategies can help students to better understand where words come from, what words mean and how to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar words when they’re reading more advanced texts.

Morphology is the study of the structure of words. Morphemes include roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Etymology is the study of the origins of words. Studying etymology involves learning Latin and Greek roots and their meanings.

Here are five ways to get to the root of vocabulary instruction for gifted readers.

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