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You Can't Spell the Word Prefix Without a Prefix

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 40-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Mary Callahan

Medford, Massachusetts


International Literacy Association



From Theory to Practice



Students learn in a cooperative setting to identify, define, and construct words with prefixes. Students guess at initial meanings and spellings of words, correct misspellings using spelling strategies developed by their work groups, and use resources such as spell checkers and dictionaries to arrive at correct spellings and definitions. To help assess comprehension, students write sentences for each prefix group the class has worked on during the lesson.

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Fredericksen, E. (1999). Playing through: Increasing literacy through interaction. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 43(2), 116124.

  • Cooperative learning activities allow students to take risks by providing supportive environments for engagement and learning.

  • When students work together in groups, comprehension and retention of subject matter is enhanced.

  • The teacher's responsibility in cooperative classrooms must be to introduce activities that are purposeful, relevant, and educational.

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