Word Study
With Word Study, we will focus on affixes, context clues, analogies, and foreign words to determine word meaning.  Knowledge of Greek and Latin roots can give way to a wealth of understanding of a variety of words as those same roots will carry their meaning with them wherever they are used.  We will also be using dictionaries and thesauruses to begin discussions of shades of meanings different synonyms and antonyms bring to a sentence.  As with all that we do, we will bring this knowledge back to our own reading and writing, and the importance with which an author chooses his or her words.  Sometimes a phrase or a word is very deliberate because of its direct or indirect meaning.  And this all has a play in how we perceive the scene we are reading.