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Improve Comprehension: A Word Game Using Root Words and Affixes

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Loraine Woodard

Loraine Woodard

Berkeley, California


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology






  • Dictionaries

  • 60 index cards for each group of three or four students

  • Markers, pens, and pencils for each group

  • Computers with Internet access

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1. If you do not have classroom computers with Internet access, reserve Session 1 in your school's computer lab. Note that you will want to have dictionaries available for students to use while working in the lab.


Review the following websites to get an idea of how the concept of word parts is presented in different ways. Bookmark these websites on the computers students will be using.

3. Print and make copies of the following handouts for every student in your class:
4. Print and review the Affixes and Root Words: Teacher's Guide to use as a reference when reviewing students' work.

5. If students in your class have not worked with word parts before, prepare working definitions of prefix, root word, and suffix to share with them. You can use the definitions that appear at the top of the Prefix, Root Word, and Suffix Study Sheet.

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