Decoding and Spelling Big Words: Suffixes

Erin Quinn

Suffixes
What is a suffix? A suffix is an ending added to a root word. Ex: REPORTER Root word- Report Suffix- Er

Suffixes
What does a suffix do? A suffix changes how and in what position the word can be used in the sentence. A prefix is different, it gives the word a new meaning and suffixes normally do not.

Suffixes
An example of how a word can be changed from the book: Compose is what you do. The composer is the person doing it. A composition is what you have once you have composed.

Suffixes
There are two types of suffixes: Derivational- give related words different meanings and/or show that they belong to different word classes. Ex- prince and princess Inflectional- relate different forms of the same word. Ex- book and books

Suffixes
When teaching students about prefixes, suffixes, and root words it is easier for them to learn each part separately. Once they understand each concept they can put it all together to make words with suffixes and prefixes.

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