Vocabulary Strategies

Defining Vocabulary in Context

Example from Literacy and Learning in the Content Areas: Strategies for Middle and Secondary School Teachers
Authors K. Allan and M. Miller page 178


Morphemic Analysis
    degradation is broken into degradate | tion 
    degradate is associated with the root word degrade    
    degrade means "to lower"

    erosional is broken down into eros | ional
    eros is associated with the root word erode
    erode means "to wear away"

Consult Dictionary
    verify the definitions

    ensure that the definition fits within the sentence


Excerpt from "Mysteries of Mars"

 "Their  abundance within a given area is a sign of the surface's age, and their various levels of degradation hint at Martian erosional processes."