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Some orthographic investigations include:
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The < act > Family

  1. Box the base <act> in all the words below <actor>
  2. Write word sums with help from the matrix
  3. Can you find the one suffixing change?



Some additional orthographic investigations include:

Consider the sense and meaning we find from the Latin root of this base ag(ere), act(us) which Etymonline offers as including “set in motion, drive forward, to do, perform”.

Some possible semantic interpretations:

act (v.)

mid-15c., "to act upon or adjudicate" a legal case, from Latin actus, past participle of agere "to set in motion, drive, drive forward," hence "to do, perform," also "act on stage, play the part of; plead a cause at law"

Do these connotations relate to Greta’s speech?

Also, search the Latin infinitive ag(ere) in Etymonline. Consider all the interesting present day English words in this etymological family. Can you compose statements about climate change employing some of those words?

Bonus: Can you find words that may use a twin base of <act>? Note: Root ag(ere), act(us)

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I recently received this lovely message from an environmental group called Sofar Ocean.

I was delighted to find they discovered this Real Spellers post that so clearly targets their interests and that the were asking about linking to each others' work. Absolutely! This kind of connection just reinforces the value of using structured word inquiry instruction as a means of deepening understanding of content areas.

Also, I've posted this comment in this special 'interactive format' of my original post that Real Spellers webmaster Matt Berman put together. The text of my original piece is the same, but Matt has created this format so that the reader can click on the identified words (at right) for resources, and those links can also be found in the text of the post. I hope to collaborate with Matt for more of these interactive kinds of posts. If you like to print off and study such documents on paper, you can go to the original post for the WordWorks Newsletter #99 at THIS LINK.

Below is the message from Sofar Ocean and the link to their work. Let's keep the col + labor + ate/ + ing going!

Hi there,

I’m Alexander from the Sofar Ocean editorial team. We connect the world’s oceans to provide insights to science, society, and industry for a more sustainable planet.

I’m reaching out because your post caught our attention as we were searching for ocean temperature, marine ecosystem, environmental disaster, climate crisis, coral reef ecosystem-related topics.

I was wondering if you can link it to our piece How Does Climate Change Affect the Ocean since we are of the same wavelength and have the same type of readers.

You may tag it/backlink it to any relevant text in any of your articles that you deem relevant. As a token of good faith, the Sofar Ocean team would be happy to campaign your website and content across our social media channels.

Let me know what you think.


Alexander Brown

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