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Apply Students’ Knowledge of Root Words to Illustrate Vocabulary Word Concepts

Subjects:

Art, Language Arts  

Grades:

9, 10, 11, 12  

Title – Vocabulary Root Word Drawing
By – Reggie Rios
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Art
Grade Level – 9-12

Power Standards:

English Language Arts Eleventh and Twelfth

  • Apply Knowledge of Greek, Latin, Anglo-Saxon roots and affixes

Anticipatory Set:

Why is it important to study root words? How can you use this strategy?

Objective:

  • Students will recognize that all words are made up of root words.
  • Students know the meanings of root words.
  • Students will apply their knowledge of root words to illustrate concepts of their vocabulary words.

Instruction:

  1. Fold paper so that it makes 8 boxes.
  2. Review the root word worksheet.
  3. On the back of each square write the word, it’s definition and answer the question in a complete sentence
  4. On the front of the square (at the bottom) write the word, the root and the root’s definition. Think of a creative illustration for the word and draw it out
  5. Once you have completed all eight of your vocabulary terms, cut the boxes into cards and turn them in. The card best depicting the vocabulary term will later be used to create the Vocabulary Bulletin. The rest of the cards will be returned. Remember the root and its definition. All the words and their definitions you hear today will be used in a game later in the month.

Check for Understanding/Independent Practice:

  • Observe students illustrating their words and answering the questions.
  • Students will make a vocabulary bulletin and develop a story line that uses only their illustrations to make sentences that are posted on the vocabulary bulletin.

Closure:

Students will be given their illustrated cards to study. At the end of the unit, students will be able to participate in a game which tests their knowledge of root words.

 

Vocabulary Root Word Drawing

  • Fold your paper so that it makes eight boxes and looks like this:
    grid
  • You will be given a sheet explaining the root words you will be learning, illustrating and defining. Review the worksheet and start thinking of ways to illustrate each word.
  • On the back of each square write the word, its definition and answer the question in a complete sentence. See example below:
    ____________________________________
     
    Finish: To complete something

    I was proud to finish the 5k I ran, my word
    of the month essay and job training.
    ____________________________________

  • On the front of the square write the word, the root and the root’s definition. Then think of a creative illustration for the word and draw it out. Make your drawings as simple or detailed as you wish. See example below:
    ____________________________________
     
    Finish (Fin: End or Limit)
    ____________________________________
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