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con + sequ + ence/ + es consequences

Some semantic interpretations:

Read the etymology of <consequence> from Etymonline and consider with respect to the climate crisis.

consequence (n.)

late 14c., "logical inference, conclusion," from Old French consequence "result" (13c., Modern French conséquence), from Latin consequentia, abstract noun from present-participle stem of consequi "to follow after," from assimilated form of com "with, together" (see con-) + sequi "to follow" (from PIE root *sekw- (1) "to follow").

Some orthographic investigations include:

Have a go with the investigation described at right from a lesson I did with students years ago. (Continues on following page.)

The <consequences> of following the trail left by the spelling of words
Morphological and Etymological Relatives of the bound base <sequ> for “follow”

The words listed below all belong to the etymological family of the Latin root sequi for “follow”. They all belong somewhere in “oval” marking this etymological family.

  1. Analyze these words with word sums to find which of the members of this etymological family share the base element <sequ>. Place those words in the “square” inside the “oval” to show that they are in the same “immediate” morphological family. You can make a matrix with those words!
  2. Words that don’t have a base <sequ> cannot fit in the square, but do belong in the oval. Write those words in the oval outside of the square.
  3. How does the underlying meaning “follow” relate to either or both of the sentences below.
    • Future generations will live with the consequences of how our generation chooses to address the environmental impact of climate change.
    • Is there such a thing as an inconsequential lie?
  4. Challenge questions you may want to discuss...
    • Do you notice something interesting about the pronunciation of the <t> in <subsequent>t> and <sequential>?
    • Which was the most interesting word in this list for you? 





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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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