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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


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Robin Nielson

September 11, 2016

I am so excited to use this lesson with my 7th graders. My students are a diverse group at varying levels of comprehension and this will reach a strong majority of them. I am so glad to have found your web site! Thank you!


Heather Cribbs

January 06, 2016

Excited to use this as a review with my 7th graders. I think using the game will really help them retain the information!


Aniscia Mosholder

October 22, 2015

Thank you for this, I am excited to use this for my Accelerating Literacy Lab!


Anne Poland

June 12, 2013

Excellent supplemental tool for NWEA testing!


Annaliza Moreno

February 12, 2013

Thank you for this detailed lesson plan. The game integration to the lesson will catch the students' attention especially that this lesson is in Elementary level. I now have the idea in presenting my lesson with this game plan. :)


Marie Varco

March 08, 2012

Thank-you so much for this wonderful lesson! This will be a great way to finish off and expand on my instruction!


jen ogunsanya

September 05, 2011

Awesome lesson plan. Clear, detailed and excellent scaffolding.


Sophie Blanco

May 29, 2011

As a preservice teacher I was so happy to stumble upon this lesson and website. Having a clear direction in which to take in my own lesson plan has been invaluable! Thank you.


Sophie Blanco

May 29, 2011

As a preservice teacher I was so happy to stumble upon this lesson and website. Having a clear direction in which to take in my own lesson plan has been invaluable! Thank you.


edward osborne

April 18, 2011

Great lesson plan is easily customizable across a range of grade levels. Root word mastery [or even just familiarization] is an invaluable tool for students to be equipped with as they tackle the complexities of virtually any academic subject area.


David Gonzalez

April 18, 2011

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm a reading spelialist too, TAONI Burgess


Dawn DeSanti

January 10, 2011

I think the answer key shouldn't be so easily accessible for students using computers to look up the word parts. My students are savvy and found the answers quite quickly.


Eva Aldridge

December 03, 2010

I teach 7th/8th grade English/Language Arts in Kentucky. We have new teaching standards this year which include the teaching of root words, prefixes, and suffixes. I plan to begin with this lesson in January. Since I have always been very pleased with lesson plans from ReadWriteThink in the past, I feel certain this one will work beautifully as well.


Toni Burgess

April 08, 2010

This looks like an awesome lessonn plan. Thank you-I'm using it next week with my 5th & 6th grade reading classes. I'm a reading specialist & will let you know how it works for my classes.



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