Developing an appreciation for language helps students live with kindness, integrity, and service so sixth graders have begun the vocabulary program in their humanities class by exploring an online etymological dictionary. “How can you be kind, or act with integrity, if you don’t think carefully about the words you choose?” asks teacher Isaac Jacobs-Gomes. “How can you serve without being able to communicate effectively?” The Brandeis sixth grade vocabulary program focuses on Greek and Latin roots and since English is a constantly-evolving language it helps students build their vocabulary by understanding the roots of words. Many students looked up the origins of their names, and they discovered that the words chuckle and history had interesting origins.
Adds Mr. Jacobs, “It’s so fun to cultivate a sense of awe for language!” MORE PHOTOS