Word Analysis

In "word analysis" or "word study," students break words down into morphemes, their smallest units of meaning. Each morpheme has a meaning that contributes to the whole word. Students’ knowledge of morphemes helps them to identify the meaning of words and builds their vocabulary. Being able to analyze words is not only a critical foundational reading skill, it also is essential for vocabulary development. UDL principles can help you differentiate instruction to meet the wide range of student variability.

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As you create your plan for teaching word analysis strategies, think about the kinds of tools and methods that can support student understanding and provide practice. How will you differentiate instruction and take advantage of technology tools to engage the diverse students in your classroom?


  1. Provide Clear Explanations
  2. Give Students Strategies and Models
  3. Provide Opportunities for Practice