All too soon students are introduced to textbooks filled with longer, multisyllabic words. Even with effective basic phonics instruction, readers are often unable to handle both the increased quantity of text and its complexity. An understanding of morphology, or the meaning of the parts that comprise words, is valuable for the development of vocabulary and word-attack skills. In this interactive, hands-on workshop, Van Cleave will provide a framework for thinking about vocabulary and then provide a brief overview of the origins of our language and the characteristics of the major languages of influence. He will then introduce participants to morphemic awareness, the components of an effective morphology lesson plan, and a study of advanced word-decoding strategies. Participants will practice with each concept and learn useful tools to help students understand and decode unfamiliar words.