Lesson Plan Title : Where Did It Come From

Age Range: Grade 9 through Grade 12 (High School Level)

Overview and Purpose : The best way to understand a word is to go back to its "roots". Students will gain deeper knowledge of their spelling words as they research the origins of their spelling words.

Objective: The student will be able to research his spelling words and determine the root word and prefix and/or suffix.


Internet access for each student (or pair of students)

List of spelling words


Students can work alone or in pairs for this activity. Have them research their spelling words on the internet. They can create a chart showing the root word and its meaning and the prefix and/or the suffix and its meaning. Understanding the meanings of these two parts of a word will help students understand other words that have the same root words or suffixes or prefixes.

Review the charts together as a class. Have students make corrections to any words they have wrong.


More advanced students can also determine whether the root form of a word is Greek or Latin.