2-9-2024 Morphology


Exploring Morphemes:
Word Study for Vocabulary Development

Friday, February 9, 2024
1:00-4:00 PM (Hybrid: Attend in person or via Zoom)
at First Literacy

160 Boylston Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02116 (across from the Boston Common)

Please Note: These sessions are not recorded.

Workshop Description: 

Exploring Morphemes: Word Study for Vocabulary Development In what ways can morphology study increase students’ vocabulary and comprehension skills? This session will provide an overview of the Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Greek layers of the language, focusing on how to teach skills from the Latin layer. We will explore how to introduce morphemes and ways to practice them in isolation and in context. Come discover some hands-activities to reinforce this level of advanced word work.

Workshop Learning Objectives - Participants will be able to:

  • Consider in what ways morphology study can improve literacy skills.
  • Classify morphemes as Anglo-Saxon, Latin, or Greek.
  • Identify ways to weave work with prefixes, roots, and suffixes into literacy lessons.


Lisa Brooks is the Director of Commonwealth Learning Center’s Professional Training Institute, a non-profit educational agency based in Needham. In this role, she trains and observes teachers and offers professional development related to reading, dyslexia, and assessment. She is a Fellow of the Orton-Gillingham Academy. Lisa holds a doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership and a master’s degree in special education. She previously taught students with dyslexia in public schools and has worked with adult learners in Tucson and in Cambridge. Teaching beginning adult readers is her favorite work.

This workshop is free to staff of all Massachusetts non-profit ABE and ESOL Programs.

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