Languages of the Old World: Breaking Down Word Parts

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SWBAT explain the function of nouns, verbs, and adjectives and determine how words change to different parts of speech when a known affix is added to word.

Big Idea

In this lesson, students take a closer look at Latin suffixes and learn about how adding these suffixes can change a word’s meaning and part of speech.

Enroll Students Into Learning

5 minutes

To begin today's lesson, I ask students to take back out their mini-books that we made yesterday from their blue writing folders.  I review with the students what we discussed in yesterday’s lesson (including: the functions of nouns, verbs, and adjectives, what the Latin language is, and how we still use parts of Latin today through adding word ending parts, or suffixes, to words we use daily).

Experience Learning

5 minutes

Today, for the majority of our lesson, we’re going to be working on taking some notes in our mini books on a variety of Latin suffixes.  Before we begin though, I flip back to our Latin Suffixes Chart on our easel and review again with the students how words we looked at yesterday changed when we added a Latin suffix to them [ie: like (v.) – likeable (adj.)].

Label New Learning

5 minutes

I let the students know that they are learning some super information here about our language, and about how other languages have influenced our language!  Tonight, when they go home, they can tell their families that they’re learning about Latin in school and that their families will be amazed! 

Demonstrate Skills

10 minutes

To get started on our books today, we begin by making a cover.  We add the title: “My Book of Latin Suffixes” and ad our names.  Then we open up to the first page and start to organize our books.  Today, we’re working on Pages 1-4.  I lead the students through setting up their books on the SmartBoard as they do the same in their books at their seats!  You can see the pictures here in the Resource section to see what each page looks like after we’ve entered our notes for each page.  Here’s a breakdown of what we enter onto each page for today:

Page 1: Parts of Speech definitions (for nouns, verbs, and adjectives); Suffix definition

Page 2: Suffix: -able; Means: capable or worthy of; Example: like – likeable

Page 3: Suffix: -ible; Means: capable of worthy of; Example: flex – flexible

Page 4: Suffix: -ation; Changes a verb to a noun; Example: inform – information


5 minutes

Our time is up for today, but tomorrow we’ll work more on our Latin Suffixes Books, so we tuck our books back into our blue writing folders to prepare to work on those more tomorrow!