Greek Morphemes Lessons – from Ready To Teach {Curriculum Review}

Greek Morphemes Lessons on Six More SummersWe’ve studied Latin for the last few years in our homeschool. But recently we decided to take a break from Latin, and at the perfect time, Greek Morphemes Lessons (It’s NOT Greek To Me!) landed on my door step to give us another mother language to study. This Greek vocabulary curriculum from Ready To Teach is a perfect introduction to a language that over 40% of English is derived from.

Why study Greek?
For many years, parents have been asking ‘Why?’ Why study Latin? Why study Greek? Why study languages that are either dead or not widely used? The answer is simple – to understand our own language better. Greek and Latin not only make up a huge portion of the English word roots, but other languages as well, such as Spanish, French, & Italian. Studying these mother languages can make learning and working with other languages much easier.

And of course, with SAT’s looming in the not so distant future, growing our vocabulary has never been more important around here.

Lesson Twelve NotesGreek Morphemes is designed for older learners in seventh grade and above. The curriculum easily translates in all types of learning environments, from public school to homeschool, and everything in between. The kit comes complete with a DVD of lessons, a student workbook and a text book. A USB Drive containing all the lessons was also included – a huge plus! The books are of good quality with heavy binding and strong covers. I also received a list titled, Corrections and Additions, which lists the errors in the text. While there are quite a few errors, I have come to realize that in foreign language texts, this is often the case, and it is very convenient to have a simple correction key delivered with the product.

Throughout the workbook, students create, ‘My Definition’s’ or, ‘M.D.’s,’ for short. The additions list contains a possible set of example definitions, as well as an index of Greek prefixes, suffixes, and roots. This is a great addition to the curriculum.

The lessons teach anywhere from 12 to 22 morphemes each. There are 12 lessons in all, as well as review exercises and tests. If this curriculum is implemented daily (for 30-60 minutes depending on the speed of your learner), it takes about 5 days to finish each lesson. The entire program will normally take 14 to 16 weeks to complete.

The lessons are broken into 4 exercises, labeled A, B, C, & D, which are done of 4 separate days. The fifth day is used for review and a test. Sometimes, the test covers material for only one week, while other times, the test covers material for a number of weeks. Larger tests are found after week 6 and 12 which cover all the preceding weeks.

How we used the program:
Lesson One SampleWe used Greek Morphemes for a number of weeks in place of our Latin curriculum. My 9th grade daughter can handle this program on her own. The lessons are clear and concise, and begin with a review of the definitions of prefix, suffix and root. They become progressively more difficult as more morphemes are added into the curriculum. Students are encouraged to create a bank of flash cards as they move through the lessons and review frequently. The curriculum even comes with color coded pages for each lesson that are ready to be written on and cut out!

Students look up morphemes, write them, write the definitions, make flash cards and complete the exercises – there are so many ways they are receiving the information! This makes the definitions stick so much easier than just working through a list of words on a page. Greek Morphemes aims to expose the learner to more than 200 roots, prefixes and suffixes. It integrates a huge number of new words into a beautifully laid out program that never feels overwhelming.

What I would change:
The teacher’s manual, at first glance, is a bit overwhelming. I like to work through all books from front to back, but this teacher’s manual requires a good deal of flipping back and forth. Instead of working successively through the lessons, the manual is divided into sections – one for lesson plans, one for review, one for tests, etc. This can cause a bit of confusion and felt discouraging for me when I first received the curriculum.

As mentioned earlier, the curriculum includes convenient color coded blank flashcards. I would also love to see the flashcard sets perforated. It’s purely a time saver, but would be a great improvement over having to cut out the cards. It’s hard enough to get older students to make their flashcards let alone when they will need to cut them out!

What I was impressed with:
The amount of material in the teachers manual is impressive. It contains lesson plans, the lessons, review exercises and tests. But Greek Morphemes even includes bulletin board ideas, transparency masters and answer keys for everything. This makes the program incredibly easy to implement in a school or co-op setting. Many homeschool curriculums do not provide lesson plans, so this really takes the guess work out of presenting it to a group.

Greek Morphemes is perfect for:

  • The older learner who is looking to improve their vocabulary
  • High school students who want to improve their test scores
  • Students of all ages who love languages and want to study Greek
  • Students who are ready for more advanced grammar curriculums
  • A co-op or school who wants to offer a new approach to language or grammar
  • Homeschoolers who want an easy way to integrate a foreign language study into their school

We are so thankful we were given a chance to dive into Greek Morphemes and look forward to continuing our study of this language further in the summer months.
(My Greek in-laws will be thrilled with this addition to our homeschool as well!)

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