Morphology Intensive: Using Bases and Affixes to Build Spelling and Vocabulary Skills


Session Dates

Monday March 01, 2021 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Webinar
Monday March 08, 2021 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Webinar
Monday March 15, 2021 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Webinar

Morphology is a key contributor to the development of literacy skills. In this workshop, participants explore morphology as it applies to vocabulary and spelling. First, they learn and practice with the vocabulary of morphology. They work with free bases and affixes using a problem-solving model. They explore potential student errors and work with error correction. Then, they explore key constructions to be found in words coming from each major language of origin and how and why that might prove useful for students who are developing vocabulary, reading, and spelling skills. They learn morphology-based word attack skills and have multiple opportunities to apply them to authentic word analysis. They examine components of effective morphology instruction and practice with effective activities to aid in morphological understanding. They practice with each component and leave with both a better sense of morphology and a suite of activities they can use with their students the very next day.


Participants will be able to

  • Explain how morphology impacts vocabulary and spelling instruction.
  • Describe how etymology impacts word selection and analysis.
  • Identify both free and bound bases and affixes and best practices to help students learn to manipulate and understand them.
  • List components of a good morphology-based lesson.

Target Audience

General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Reading/Writing Specialist, School Psychologist, IU TaC

Topics Covered: Literacy

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Kelly Kapp, at 717-901-2271, or

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


William Van Cleave

Event Contact:


Kelly Kapp

Content Contact:

Pam Kastner

Additional Info

Due to the interactive nature of this training the number of registrants is limited to 40, therefore priority for registrants in this training will be given to Pennsylvania certificated teachers.