Word Orgins Anglo-Saxon, Latin and Greek.

Their are lots of words, but where do they come from and how do we know?

First lets take a look at the three word origins

Anglo-Saxon-The English language developed from the West Germanic dialects spoken by the Angles, Saxons, and other Teutonic tribes who participated in the invasion and occupation of England in the fifth and sixth centuries.
Latin-Through the power of the Roman Republic, it became the dominant language, initially in Italy and subsequently throughout the Roman Empire.
Greek- is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, native to Greece and other parts of the Eastern Mediterranean
Lets Take A Look At The Characteristics Of Each Origin To Help You Further Understand Which Words Fall Into Each Category.

Anglo-Saxon Words includes the following

Words with basic colors
Parts of the body
The names of farm, forest and ocean animals
number words one to a thousand

One syllable words, Sight words

Pronouns - he, she, us

Words with double consonants - better, ladder, carrot

Words with wh - why, while, when

Short words with silent letters- Knife, Aisle Write

Body parts- leg, face, arm

Words with ck - pick, duck, sack

Words with wr - write, wring, wrist

Short words with th - this, these, bath

Now lets take a look at Latin Words

words that are legal terms - justice, legal, judge
words with silent initial h - hour, herb, honor
long words - three or more syllables - marvelous, fascinate

words with sc pronounced /s/ - science, irascible, scissors

words with the soft c before e and i - cent, census, city

words with ular - regular, popula

words with d pronounced /j/ - educate, graduate

words with t pronounced /ch/ - nature, punctual

words with double consonants near the beginning illegal, attract, occupy

words with ssion - passion, expression

words with sion - erosion, collision

Finally lets take a look at Greek words!
words related to Olympics - marathon, discus, meter
words with ology - biology, theology, astrology
words related to theater - comedy, tragedy, orchestra
medical, technical and scientific words

words with ph - phrase, graph, phone

words with ch pronounced /k/ - choir, ache, orchid

long words with the letter k - kilometer, kinescope

words with rh- rhyme, rhombus

SO why are these important to know?

Students can often learn a meaning of a word or how to spell that word by understanding the parts of the word and its origin if taught correctly by the teacher. This is why sometimes in spelling bees a student may ask what is the word origin.

How to teach word origins?

Start by introducing the different origins and going further into depth on each one at a time.

Teach different word clues for each origin to help students understand what it is they're looking for.

Games and activities will work will throughout the year because you don't want students to forget the material.

Very quick assessments will work as well to monitor if a student is withholding the information.

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