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The Weekly Text, June 26, 2020

This week’s Text is a lesson plan on the Latin word roots magn, magna, and magni. They mean great and large and are very productive in English. I open this lesson with this context clues worksheet on the adjective voluminous. Voluminous, as you most likely understand, means (among other things) “having or marked by great volume or bulk.” I chose this word for this lesson to offer both a hint about what the three roots here under study mean, but also to supply a near synonym. Finally, here is the scaffolded worksheet at the center of this lesson’s work.

Happy Friday! Wash your hands, wear a mask, stay safe.

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Word Root Exercise: Pept, Peps

Last but not least this morning, here is a worksheet on the Greek word roots pept and pepsThey mean digestion.

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Word Root Exercise: Quart

OK, it’s Friday! Even though I’ve been unemployed since March 12, over forty years in the work force seems to have set my body to recognize days of the week. And Friday, well…I needn’t belabor the point other than to say tomorrow is Saturday.

Here is a worksheet on the Latin word root quart. It means, you won’t be surprised to hear, fourth. It will also not surprise you to hear that this is a very productive root in English. Math teachers, this might be of some use to you, especially if you are working with English language learners.

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Word Root Exercise: Per

Alright, it is Monday once more. I don’t know about you, but time passes at an accelerating rate at Mark’s Text Terminal as this pandemic continues. I’ve read in various places over the years that time passes more quickly when one is busy. I have stayed busy, but not nearly as busy as if I were working full time. In any case, when I talk to friends, they relate the same experience with time this spring.

Let’s get started. Here is a worksheet on the Latin word root per. It means through, thoroughly, and wrong.

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Word Root Exercise: Plas, Plast, Plasm, and Plasty

Here is a worksheet on the Greek word roots plas, plast, plasm, and plasty. As you can probably see from looking at them, this is a set of roots that is very productive in medical words in English: they mean to form, forming cells or tissue, protoplasm,  and development. In other words, students interested in or pursuing careers in the healthcare professions, particularly at the post-secondary level, this document is for you.

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A Complete Lesson Plan on the 2020 United States Census as a Teachable Moment

OK, because I’m not working at the moment, I have had some time–in addition to working at publishing 30-50 posts a week on this blog–to think about writing new material that parents, students, and teachers working at a digital distance from their students could profitably use during this public health crisis. After a week or so of unemployment, I started to realize that the 2020 Census of the United States presented a perfect teachable moment; there are a lot of big social studies concepts at work during the census. Moreover, as I started to think through the lesson plan, I realized that I could write something big, in the sense that it would contain a lot of documents, but also flexible, in sense that parents and teachers could expand or contract it as their children, students, and circumstances require. Now that I’ve said that, let me point out that every document in this post is in Microsoft Word, so they are flexible and adaptable to help you best respond to the needs of the kids in front of you.

Now, about a month after starting work on this, it is time to publish it. As I am wont to do, I have allowed the perfect to become the enemy of the good here. I know that new ideas and therefore new questions for this lesson plan will continue to occur to me. Better to get this out than wait to get every last detail into these documents. In any case, I am confident those same thoughts will occur to users of this material; that said, if you have any questions about it, please leave a comment.

So, here is a lesson plan on using the 2020 United States census as a teachable moment. I’ve worked on this document for some time, but like most lesson plans, it may never be either completely coherent, or, indeed, complete. But for the moment, I think it’s sound.

In my classrooms, I always begin every lesson with a short exercise that I learned, while teaching in New York City, to call a “do-now.” I’ve assembled a large number of do-now worksheets for this lesson, all of them adapted from The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy (New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2002) by E.D. Hirsch et al. For this lesson, the four most salient are–in order of relevance, I think–E Pluribus Unum, the Latin for “out of many, one.” The census, if nothing else, is an exercise in affirming that out of many places, one; as we’ve learned during the COVID19 crisis, we really are in this all together. One important dimension of the census is determining population figures for apportionment of congressional reputation. This worksheet on the Lockean concept of consent of the governed strikes me as especially important to understand in the context of the census. Given the role the census plays in our democratic elections, this worksheet on equal protection of law is undeniably germane here. In reiterating that we are all in this together, whether in stopping the spread of coronavirus or participating in civic processes like the census, this short exercise on the concept of esprit de corps also strikes me as pertinent to this lesson.

Should you need more Cultural Literacy worksheets for this lesson, or just in general, here, in basic list form, are the rest of the documents I selected as relevant to varying degrees to this lesson, to with these Cultural Literacy worksheets on: absolute monarchy; aristocracy; class; class consciousness; class structure; constitutional convention; faction; incumbent; individualism; meritocracy; nepotism; power elite; Roosevelt’s scheme to pack the Supreme Court, and vested interest. This selection ranges from quite relevant (faction, vested interest) to marginally relevant (class, class consciousness, etc.). If you need guidance on how to use these in the context of the larger lesson, drop a comment and I’ll see if I can help you make the connection and you can help your child or student understand that connection more clearly.

The census, structurally and in terms of the work performing it, is a large scale exercise in demography. That’s a word that means “the statistical study of human populations esp. with reference to size and density, distribution, and vital statistics” (Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition (Kindle Locations 118895-118896). Merriam-Webster, Inc.. Kindle Edition). That study always concludes in the issuance of a report. Demography is writing about people. Here are two word root worksheets that call upon students, in the context for this lesson, to perform a synthesis. The first is on the Greek roots demo and demi, which mean people; the second is on the Latin roots graph and graphy, which mean writing, written, recording, drawing, and science. If students complete these two worksheets, a simple question should suffice to assess understanding: “Now that you know what these word roots mean, what do you suppose demography is?” In fact, as you’ll see if you use these materials, that is the first question on the worksheet.

Finally, here is the reading and comprehension worksheet for this lesson. Now that I have that finished and posted, I do want to comment on the fact of gerrymandering, and how it might be used to extend this lesson a bit further–and raise students’ critical awareness of that current problem in our electoral system. To that end, here is a supplemental list of critical questions on gerrymandering to round out this lesson.

That’s it.

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Word Root Exercise: Rub

Here is a worksheet on the Latin word rub. It means red, as you will quickly infer from its basis in the English word ruby.

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A Complete Lesson Plan on the Greek Word Roots Homo, Homoiao, and Homeo

Here is a lesson plan on the Greek word roots homo, homoiao, and homeo. They mean same, similar, and equal. These are extremely productive roots in English; I assume science teachers will recognize the root of two important words in their domain, homeostasis and homeothermic.

I begin this lesson with this context clues worksheet on the adjective similar in order to provide students a hint of the meaning of these roots. Here, finally, is the worksheet at the center of this lesson.

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Word Root Exercise: Path, Pathy

Here is a worksheet on the Greek word roots path-o and pathy. They mean both disease and feeling. As you can probably see from looking at them, these are extremely productive roots in English, giving us words like pathology, sympathy, and empathy. There might be something to be done, using this worksheet, in helping students understand the mind-body connection in medicine and, indeed, in life.

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A Complete Lesson Plan on the Greek Word Root Hetero-

Last but not least this morning, here is a lesson plan on the Greek word root hetero. It means different and other. This is a relatively productive root in English, giving us words like heterogenous and heterosexual. The first of those adjectives, science teachers, is something you probably want students to know; more broadly, you certainly want them to understand the concepts of otherness and difference. That said, these concepts traverse the entire curriculum in primary and secondary schooling.

I open this lesson, hinting at the meaning of hetero, with this context clues worksheet on the adjective diverse. Lastly, here is the the scaffolded worksheet that is the primary work of this lesson.

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