Etymology: Word History: Leveled Graphic Organizers for Differentiated Vocabulary Instruction (Grades 4-8)

Students make use of word history to determine word meaning and usage. Includes graphic organizers at three levels to support individual learning needs: introductory, intermediate, and challenging! See Full Product Description.

Number of pages: 6 Subject: Vocabulary, Differentiated Instruction Grade: 4 - 8 Type: Graphic Organizers Authors: Mary C. McMackin, Nancy L. Witherell Common Core: Language File Size: 127 KB

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Students are ready to work with one of the graphic organizers in this unit when they understand that words have historical origins from which current meanings have evolved, and can locate relevant information in the dictionary: Words With a Long History (Introductory), How Original! Word Origins (Intermediate), Words Today and Yesterday (Challenging)!

Common Core Alignment

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.4
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.5
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.6
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4a
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4b
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5c
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.6
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4a
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4b
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5c
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.6
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4a
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.4b
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.5b
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.6
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4a
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4b
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5b
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.4a
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.4b
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.5b
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.6
Teaching Tips

Highlighting and discussing words from students' reading is a wonderful way to begin a lesson on word history.  Choose words that you know have an interesting history to build excitement, then ask students to gather words that they've researched.