Morphology Training Videos

This page includes training videos from the archives of training provided by the Tennessee Center for Dyslexia. These videos focus on the morphological structure of the language and in some instances the history of the language. We hope that these videos help you in your study of these topics.


The History and Structure of English Words 

In her first session (The History and Structure of English Words), Dr. Marcia Henry takes teachers through the progression and development of oral and written English as well as the processes that sedimented spelling. By exploring the origins of English words, Dr. Henry highlights instructional practices for reading, writing, and vocabulary instruction that can aid learners of all levels.

Phonemes and Morphemes: Building Blocks for Decoding and Spelling

In session two (Morphemes: Building Blocks for Decoding and Spelling), Dr. Henry drills down into specific instructional activities for teaching Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Greek-based words, as well as how the teaching of such words can support vocabulary acquisition, spelling, and comprehension.

Learning Objectives

  • Acknowledge the importance of instruction aligned with the science of reading
  • Recognize the role of teacher knowledge
  • Understand the contribution of phonology, orthography, morphology, and etymology in the pronunciation, spelling, and meaning of words
  • Explore scope and sequence of vocabulary instruction based on lexical properties
  • Plan for effective instruction surrounding word bases, roots, and affixes as they pertain to reading, spelling, and vocabulary

About the Presenter

Dr. Marcia HenryDr. Marcia Henry has over 50 years of experience working with language acquisition and dyslexia. She has served as a tutor, teacher, clinician, and professor. Dr. Henry provides teacher training related to reading and language arts, and she consults with school districts and states on informed reading instruction.  Dr. Henry is the author of  WORDS: Integrated Spelling and Decoding Instruction Based on Word Origin and Word Structure as well as Unlocking Literacy: Effective Decoding and Spelling Instruction. She is primary author of the resource Patterns for Success in Reading and Spelling.

She is a fellow in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. She is a past-president of The International Dyslexia Association, and she received the Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award from IDA in 2000.