Advanced Word Study: Grade 4 and Beyond

Keys to Literacy Event

This one-day training focuses on teaching advanced word study so students can spell and read multisyllable words in any subject. Beginning in grade four, after students have developed knowledge of letter-sound correspondences and basic decoding skills in the primary grades, they need to learn how to combine those skills with knowledge of syllable patterns, syllable division principles, and morphology (roots, prefixes, suffixes) to read unfamiliar multisyllable words.

Participants in this training will learn instructional practices for teaching advanced word study skills that combine knowledge about both the sound-spelling correspondences and the meaning units (morphemes) that make up most English words. This is essential for reading beyond grade 3 because both sound and meaning are used when representing words in print, especially multisyllable, academic words that are derived from Latin and Greek.

 Virtual-Live Format: The Keys trainer will use Zoom video conferencing to deliver this training in an interactive format using features such as breakout rooms and chat.

Training Topics:

 Syllable awareness: six types of syllables found in words

  • Schwa vowel sound
  • Syllable division principles
  • Morphological awareness
    • Layers of English: Anglo Saxon, Latin, and Greek derived words
    • Prefixes, suffixes, roots
  • Spelling rules for adding endings
  • Structural analysis to read and spell multisyllable words

The online participation schedule will be as follows (times are Eastern Time):

8:45-9:00 Sign in, extra help with Zoom Meeting

9:00-10:30 Session 1 (90)

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Session 2 (90)

12:15-12:45 Lunch

12:45-2:00 Session 3 (75)

2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-3:30 (75)

Total Delivery time: 5.5 hours

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  • If you cancel 3 days or more prior to training, you will be issued a full refund.
  • No refunds will be issued for "no shows" or cancellations within 72 hours of training.

Substitutions accepted.

Who Should Participate

All grade 4 and 5 educators, and intervention educators who work with students in grades 4-12 who have difficulty with spelling and fluent reading of multisyllable words.


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Advanced Word Study: Grade 4 and Beyond (January 27, 2022: Virtual)
January 27, 2022: Virtual
$ 149.00


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