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Knowledge and Skills Statement

Developing and sustaining foundational language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking--vocabulary. The student uses newly acquired vocabulary expressively.

Create a three-column chart to display some common Greek and Latin roots in the first column, words that include those roots in the second column, and definitions of the words in the third column. For example, grafo- (writing) / grafología (the study of handwriting). Then have students work with a partner to add more words with those roots and their definitions to the chart.

Further Explanation

This assessment requires students to use their knowledge of Greek and Latin roots to identify academic Spanish words such as telégrafo, metrónomo, or portafolio and determine their meaning.

Sometimes students can figure out the meaning of a word if it is derived from a Latin or Greek root. The root, or base, of the word cannot function alone, but can suggest the meaning of the whole word. For example, the word graficar in the sentence Tuvimos que graficar los resultados en el pizarrón, contains the root grafo-, which means escritura (writing). Students who know the meaning of grafo can determine that graficar means to “write” or show the results.