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Here's a special posting page for teachers who have subscribed to our "Common Core-Friendly Vocabulary & Writing Lessons," which you can read about online at my website:  http://corbettharrison.com/products.html#vocab

Here's an open invitation to teachers using my Vocabulary Collecting resources to photograph and share your students' best "Vocabulary Root Relation" activities.

As I explain to my wonderful students, a "word detective" will investigate the Latin or Greek root most words we use borrow roots from, and--in doing so--they will discover that interesting words are related because they share an ancient language's root in common.  A "Root" Relation activity requires identifying a Greek or Latin root (a true word root, no suffixes or prefixes!), then finding three or four different words that are related because they share the root; the relationship must be explained in this activity.

If you have an awesome student-submitted "Root Relation," I invite you to post it here in the reply box below.  I hope to create an amazing online collection of Vocabulary-inspired "Root Related" displays from all over the country...and world...with this invitation.  Please share.

If you don't see the "Reply to This" box below this posting, be sure you have clicked on the "+Join Vocabulary Collectors" link in the upper right-hand corner of this screen.  

I look forward to helping you celebrate your writers by having a place to post their Related-Root charts.  Please don't post last names, and please don't post any information about your students that might compromise their Internet safety.  THANKS in advance.

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8th grader Serene found this old-fashioned word from our class non-fiction--Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl--and she investigated some of the word's cousins.

Coincidence?  Pure Cleverness?   Hmmmm....


Here sixth-grader Sydney found the word geotropism in her independent book, and she cleverly turned her related words into literal roots.  You have to admit that's a clever way to present a Greek or Latin root you've learned.

Mark found the word monolith in I Have Lived 100 Years, and he immediately saw a root connection.

I require three related words (with explanations of the relationship), but Mark safely added a fourth word to ensure he received full credit for this word.

Thanks, Mark. 

My sixth graders don't connect with the "root relations" activity as much as my 7th and 8th graders; maybe they just don't see the connections yet.  I don't know.

Here. sixth grader Jackie, however, proves me wrong by doing her research and discovering a root that I wouldn't have expected her to catch.

I don't require them to add a fake word, but it's one of the activities we do in class after my Root Attack Poster assignment, and I'm glad to see that Jackie still wanted to create a fake word she wish existed.

A pretty example from 8th grader Mimi who was reading A Separate Peace.

I gave her grief for misspelling terminal because Mimi can be a meticulous perfectionist at times.  She was only a little upset about it, and we blamed the program she used because it didn't check spelling.

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