My name is Robbie Lindley and I am in my 4th year at Concordia University Ann Arbor. I originally came here to play baseball, but was thinking about going into education. As soon as I took my first education class and got to work with students in the elementary level I was hooked. After my first year I knew that being an elementary teacher is what I wanted to do. Now, as I finish my schooling, I am taking a class that deals with teaching struggling readers and writers. This area is very important due to the fact that many students that I will have in a public school setting will in fact struggle with certain areas of reading or writing.
This mini-unit is tailored for a student that I am currently working one-on-one with at an elementary school in Ypsilanti, MI. He is very intelligent boy who has a ton of energy. However, he struggles with certain aspects while reading. Most of his struggles in reading have to do with prefixes. He knows what the root words mean, but does not recognize the words when a prefix is added to the root word. This is one of his biggest obstacles when reading.


This mini-unit is will focus on the struggles with words that have prefixes. As said earlier the student I am working with struggles with words that have prefixes. He will look at the word for a bit then eventually he looks at me and asks what that word is. He sometimes tries to decode the word, but for some reason he struggles with the words that have prefixes. These lessons are intended to help recognize which words have prefixes, what the prefix means, and how to use the root word to figure out what the actual word means.

Content Outline

  1. Identify prefixes and their meanings
    – Flash cards and matching
  2. Finding the root word
  3. Putting root word and prefix together

Objectives and Pre-assessment

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.3d- Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.3.3a- Identify and know the meaning of the most common prefixes and derivational suffixes.

Student will be able to identify and define common prefixes used in the English language.
Student will be able to locate the root word in a word that contains a prefix.
Student will be able decode the prefix and root word together and understand the meaning.

The pre-assessment being done to gather information is a miscue analysis given when the student is reading one-on-one with the teacher.

mini-unit lesson 1

mini-unit lesson 2

Evaluation Procedures

The student will then be assessed at the end.  They will have to read aloud one-on-one with me.  Another miscue analysis will be administered to see if they still can’t read the words with prefixes.


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