6 Strategies for Morphological Instruction

In Word Detectives: Using Units of Meaning to Support Literacy, Goodwin, Miriam, Lipsky, and Soyeon Ahn (2012), looked at research regarding how students comprehend, how students deconstruct words in order to determine word meaning, and the impact of morphological instruction on student understanding of words. From their findings, here are six strategies that focus on morphological instruction that help students understand how to attack and conquer unknown words, but have the added benefit of being easily implemented into any classroom.



If we want students to truly understand and appreciate words, they need instruction on how words are constructed, and how word parts carry meaning. If you have other strategies you use for morphological instruction that you think might help other teachers, please comment and share!