Lesson Plan

Root Words: PORT & STRUCT

Teaching root words is a great way to strengthen your students' vocabulary and comprehension. Use this lesson to introduce the root words PORT and STRUCT.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to determine the meaning of words that use the roots PORT and STRUCT.


(5 minutes)
  • Explain that today we will be looking closely at two root words, PORT and STRUCT.
  • Review what a root word is: A root word is a linguistic unit, which is the simplest form of a word. Root words are not always words by themselves, but we can add prefixes, suffixes, or even other roots to make words. Many of the root words we see in the English language come from other languages, primarily Greek and Latin.
  • Tell students that both PORT and STRUCT come from Latin.
  • Display two pieces of chart paper and write PORT at the top of one and STRUCT at the top of the other.
  • Explain: PORT means ‘to carry;’ STRUCT means ‘to build.’
  • Write the meaning of each root on the corresponding chart paper.