Word Roots course and information

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🌱 Foundation Lesson 1: The origins of English

A history of how today’s English came about, introducing the concept of ‘word roots’ using an exercise matching English words to their Latin ancestors.

🌱 Foundation Lesson 2: Ancient Roots in the English language

Similar to the previous lesson, this one looks at how Ancient Greek gives us many words in English. The exercise gets students to match English words with their Ancient Greek origins.

🌱 Classical Culture in Modern Times

Some places you may see a classical influence today, with a language-based exercise looking at modern Latin mottoes.

🌱 Inventing a Product

Using knowledge of Latin roots, the students invent and name their own modern products.

🌱 Mythical Monster Making

Creating a novel monster from Ancient Greek compounds.

🌱 Latin Numbers

An exploration of English words that have their roots in Latin number words.

🌱 Ancient Greek Numbers

An exploration of English words that have their roots in Ancient Greek number words.

🌱 Dinosaur Compounds

Investigating the Ancient Greek compounds used to make up dinosaur names, along with an exercise where the students ‘discover’ a new dinosaur.

🌱 Scientific Classification

The Latin binomial classification system (e.g. homo sapiens) broken down for a younger audience.

🌱 Preposition Roots

How many Latin prepositions (e.g. circum, ex, in, per) pop up frequently in English.

🌱 Antonym Prefixes

Investigating the prefixes (from Latin and elsewhere) used in English to create opposites.