William Van Cleave

Morphology Matters: 

Using Roots & Affixes to Build Vocabulary

and Advanced Word Decoding Skills


Monday, Oct 2, 2017

8:30 – 2:30

$95 – includes lunch



Key Learning Center at Carolina Day School welcomes William Van Cleave back to campus this fall for a Vocabulary and Advanced Word Decoding workshop.

In-Depth Details About the Seminar:

All too soon students are introduced to challenging vocabulary in the texts they read for school.  Even with effective basic reading instruction, students are often unable to handle both the increased quantity of text and its complexity.  An understanding of morphology, or the meaning parts that comprise words, is valuable for the development of vocabulary and word attack skills. 

Most standards recognize the importance of morphology (or the study of roots and affixes to guide vocabulary instruction) as early as 2nd grade.  Research also indicates that it should be conducted across all disciplines.

In this interactive, hands-on workshop, Van Cleave engages participants from all disciplines in a brief overview of vocabulary instruction in general and then moves into an exploration of the origins of our language and characteristics of the major languages of influence.  With this valuable foundation in place, participants explore an introduction to morphology.  They practice with each concept and learn tools useful for helping students analyze and understand unfamiliar words.  In addition, they learn components of a good morphology lesson and how best to reinforce morphological awareness and knowledge in their students.

Registration Fees:

Community member registration: Registration fee paid at time of registration. 

Carolina Day School Faculty, Parents or Tutoring Connection Tutor: No online payment required - payment handled in house.

You may cancel your reservation for a KLC event up to 48 hours before the event for a full refund.  Cancellations received after this deadline receive a credit good for one year less a $25 service fee.

Email Concha Wyatt, cwyatt@carolinaday.org


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About the presenter:

A long-time friend of Key Learning Center, William Van Cleave is a nationally recognized speaker and educational consultant who has presented on effective teaching practices at conferences and schools around the country since 1995.


His recent projects include providing the professional development component of a school improvement grant in Oklahoma City, participation on the RtII Writing Standards Committee for the State of Pennsylvania, and incorporation of a Trainer of Trainers project with Wichita Unified School District using his sentence structure approach. He is the author of three books, including Writing Matter sand Everything You Want To Know & Exactly Where to Find It, as well as a number of educational tools and activities. His materials and products are well known and loved by multisensory structured language and Orton-Gillingham practitioners across the country and beyond. 

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