Building Middle School Student Literacy Skills Through an Analysis of Bases and Affixes


Session Dates

Thursday March 18, 2021 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM - Webinar

In this professional development workshop, participants take a deep dive into the realm of morphology as it pertains to vocabulary development as well as reading/spelling skills. First, they learn and practice with the vocabulary of morphology. 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 spend significant time on Latin-based and Greek-based words common in middle school texts. They examine components of effective morphology instruction, practice with effective activities to aid in morphological understanding, and discuss how best to integrate instruction with other content material. They practice with each component and leave with a deeper understanding of how the language works and how to share that knowledge with their students the very next day.


Participants will be able to:

  • explain how morphology impacts vocabulary instruction.
  • list word analysis skills useful for word investigation.
  • recognize morphology as an intra-disciplinary vocabulary development tool.
  • integrate vocabulary instruction into their teaching.
  • give examples of and utilize internet tools for morphological and etymological work.

Target Audience

General and Special Education Teachers, EL Providers, Reading Specialists, Administrators, Speech/Language Therapists, Tiered Providers, Paraprofessionals 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


Jennifer Collins