The Weekly Text, December 4, 2015: A Worksheet on the Greek Word Root Phobia

OK, here’s a quick weekly text, starting with a context clues worksheet on the noun triskaidedaphobia. This might well serve as a template for the context clues worksheet in general–you will notice, as your students probably will, that this word means fear of the number 13. I believe the context for inferring meaning is fairly strong in these sentences.

This might also be a good time to use this worksheet on the Greek word root phobia, the utility of which I expect is obvious. This root shows up in so many words in English that knowledge of it is nothing short of de rigeur. 

Addendum, May 28, 2019. Here is a comprehensive list of phobias from the pages of the Oxford Dictionary of Psychology (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003) that might interest your students; kids to tend to find this kind of thing fascinating.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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