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Language Arts

Latin Roots for English Word Power

Latin and Greek roots of English words
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30 minutes
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More than 50 percent of the words we use today are derived from Latin. Students who want to increase their “word power” in English can do so either by studying Latin in a traditional way or by learning some basic root words, prefixes, and suffixes. Joan Jahnige, KET’s former distance learning Latin II teacher, designed this six-part series to help high school students improve vocabulary decoding skills by learning some of those basic Latin roots.

*Though designed for high school students looking toward college entrance tests, this series will also be valuable enrichment for advanced middle school students.

KY Program of Studies:
Reading: Forming a Foundation, Interpreting Text, Developing an Initial Understanding, Reflecting and Responding to Text, Demonstrating a Critical Stance
Technology: Information, Communication and Productivity High School; Research, Inquiry/Problem-Solving and Innovation
Speaking, Listening, and Observing

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2012/13 Program Schedule

101. Overview
Explores how languages evolve; introduces a variety of English words taken from Latin; shows how new words can be coined using roots, prefixes, and suffixes.
102. Growing Words from More Latin Roots
More combinations of word parts.
103. Latin in Medicine and Science
Looks at medicine in ancient Rome and Greece.
104. Legal Latin/Latin in Government
Compares ancient Rome's legal and political systems to their modern American counterparts.
105. Latin in Daily Use: Sports, Food, Art, and Music
106. Wrap-Up
Decoding unfamiliar words.
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