Morphemes Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

This lesson plan can be used to teach student about morphemes. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss content, play a game, then take a quiz and do an application activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'morpheme'
  • explain the types of morphemes
  • provide examples of morphemes and identify the type of each


1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.3

Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.6

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.


Key Vocabulary

  • Linguistics
  • Morphemes
  • Syntax
  • Phonemes
  • Graphemes
  • Prefix
  • Base morpheme
  • Suffix
  • Affix
  • Bound
  • Derivational morpheme

Warm-Up and Preparation

  • Write the following sentences on the board:
    • The bird-like man hardly touched his food at dinner.
    • It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.
    • Unless you sow the seed, the plant will never grow.
  • Ask students to record sentences, and identify parts of speech for each word.
  • When finished, combine students into partner pairs to review their work, adjusting content as necessary.
  • Share answers as a whole group, reviewing content and discussing answers.

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