Students have participated in direct instruction on the prefixes re- and de-. In the excerpt, they are participating in a morpheme construction activity in which they pull a prefix card (either re- or de-) and a root card. Working with a partner, they have to decide whether the prefix and root can be combined to form a real word. Note this is similar to the morphology activity in the current Wolves L.P.
Key points about how this negotiation of meaning activity differs from other classroom conversations about language:
- student led, peer-to-peer discussion; entirely oral
- students say incorrect things that aren’t immediately corrected
- the focus is on exploring how language works rather than merely finding the correct answer
- Students have FUN