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Topics in Language Disorders:
doi: 10.1097/TLD.0b013e318280f592
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Promoting Morphological Awareness in Children With Language Needs: Do the Common Core State Standards Pave the Way?

Gabig, Cheryl Smith; Zaretsky, Elena

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Recent research has acknowledged the importance of morphological awareness, beyond phonological awareness, to literacy achievement in both reading and writing for children, adolescents, and adults. Morphological awareness is the ability to recognize, reflect on, and manipulate the sublexical structure of words—the roots, prefixes, and suffixes. In this paper, we examine the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (CCSS/ELA) to identify explicit grade-specific morphological awareness standards. We then discuss the standards-by-grade within the framework of learning morphology type and morphological aspects, for example, semantic, syntactic, and productive properties. Finally, we discuss the role of speech-language pathologists in collaboration with classroom teachers to support students with speech-language impairment and ELLs to achieve standards in the area of morphology.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins


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