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Learning About Derivations


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Age Range:
12 - 14 years
Estimated Course Length:
7 - 9 hours
7th - 9th grade
Knowledge of major countries of the world.
Materials Included:
Course Study Guide and Examination. Text sold separately.

Product Description

Based on The Heron Derivation Dictionary, this course explains to the younger student what word derivations are, how to read them and why they are useful.

Additionally, the student learns about the history of the English language, from the massive migration of the Indo-European peoples thousands of years ago, through the influence of Greek and Latin, to the invention of the printing press and the resulting excitement of the Renaissance, and how the language continues to evolve today.

By the end of the course the student has created a time line that shows the important events and languages that influenced Modern English, and has become familiar with the terms and symbols contained in word derivations.

Materials You Need to Supply: Texts/references: Macmillan Dictionary for Students (also available as Macmillan School Dictionary 3), Macmillan Publishing Company; encyclopedias and reference books that show pictures of the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome (recommended are: Ancient Greece and The Romans, both published by Chelsea House; Ancient Greece, published by Alfred A. Knopf and Classical Rome, published by Harcourt); world atlas.