Morphological Awareness: What Matters for Literacy

April 2023.

In January of 2023, I gave a webinar on morphological awareness for the Northern California branch of the International Dyslexia Association. That same month, I did a similar talk for the Reading Science in Schools Facebook group, which is based in Australia. I promised a follow-up handout to the attendees of both webinars and optimistically predicted that I’d have it finished in a few weeks. Several months later, it’s finally done.

This talk was motivated, in part, by several misconceptions about morphology that I’ve observed recently. Here are the major concepts covered in this webinar and the accompanying document: 

  1. Morphological awareness as it pertains to written language
  2. The difference between the meaning of a word and the contribution to meaning of a base element
  3. Morphemic knowledge contrasted with morphological awareness
  4. The importance of the bound base element for literacy instruction
  5. Some simple ways to start introducing these ideas to students

A PDF of the document on morphological awareness is available to download here.

The link to a recording of the IDA Northern California morphological awareness webinar is here:

I hope you find these resources interesting and useful. As always, you can contact me here.