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IDA-FL Outreach: Morphology Matters: Using Bases and Affixes to Develop Vocabulary in Students of All Ages

October 9, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


This Lunch and Learn webinar is offered by IDA Florida and is a re-broadcast of a workshop that the late William Van Cleave presented at the 2020 PaTTAN Literacy Symposium.

An understanding of morphology, or the meaning parts that comprise words, is valuable for the development of vocabulary as well as spelling and word attack skills. In this interactive, hands-on workshop, Van Cleave engages participants in an introduction to morphological awareness. He first frames the discussion with an understanding of essential terminology and then guides participants through experimentation with words, examining their meaning parts and considering how this affects literacy skills. Participants consider components of an effective morphology-based lesson plan and leave with strategies they can use the very next day with their students.

William Van Cleave (1968-2021) was an internationally recognized speaker with an interactive, hands-on presentation style. William presented on effective teaching practices at conferences and schools both in the United States and abroad since 1995. His most recent projects included consulting with schools as part of a literacy grant in Montana; participating on the MTSS Writing Standards Committee for the State of Pennsylvania; implementing several Trainer of Trainers projects using his sentence structure approach; and writing a series of workbooks and a companion book on developing composition skills to complement his sentence approach. He authored three books, including Writing Matters and Everything You Want To Know & Exactly Where to Find It, as well as a number of educational tools and activities, William served as a classroom teacher, tutor, and administrator in the private school arena at various points in his career.



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