Tag Archives: foreign languages

The Weekly Text, December 6, 2019

This week’s Text is a complete lesson plan on the Latin word root bene. It means good and well, and as you have probably already figured out, it turns up as the root of such common words in English as benefit and benevolent. This context clues worksheet on the noun welfare with which I intended deploy a hint to point students in the right direction (and also to hint at the idea that government welfare benefits, which so many families in our nation now receive, are meant to keep us, as individuals and as a society, good and well). Finally, here is the word root worksheet that is the mainstay of this lesson.

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Homer

I have to assume that people somewhere in the nation–even with its rapidly declining and increasingly unsophisticated literacy–are still teaching The Iliad and The OdysseyThat means someone, somewhere, unless I very much miss my guess, might need this short reading on Homer as well as its accompanying vocabulary-building and comprehension worksheet.

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Word Root Exercise: Pan, Panto

This worksheet on the Greek Word roots pan and panto–they mean all–guides students through an extremely productive root in English.

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Propertius on Propinquity

Semper in absentes felicior aestus amantes.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”

PropertiusElegies bk. 2, elegy 33, 1. 43

Excerpted from: Shapiro, Fred, ed. The Yale Book of Quotations. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006.

Word Root Exercise: Greg

Owing to the holiday tomorrow, we’re only in session for a half-day in this district today. There won’t be a Weekly Text this week, and in fact, this worksheet on the Latin root greg is the only thing I’ll post this week. It means flock, but if you look at the words in English that grow from it–e.g. congregate–you’ll see that the document is quite appropriate for the season.

I’ll be back next week, however, with a round of new posts.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Word Root Exercise: Para

Here’s a worksheet on the Greek root para. It means, variously, beside, beyond, abnormal, variation, and assistant.

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Word Root Exercise: Viv, Vivi, and Vit

Ok, finally, on this beautiful Friday morning, here is a worksheet on the Latin word roots viv, vivi, and vit. They mean live, living, and life.

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