“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This famous quote is used to describe why it is important to teach skills to people –not just give them money for what they need. It is used in missions, soup kitchens, home provisions for the poor, and many other benevolent scenarios. One scenario in which this quote greatly applies (that we often do not think of) is in teaching students. We can hand the student skills and information and help him on that day to gain that particular knowledge. Or we can help him “learn how to learn”—and he will gain knowledge for himself over and over again throughout his life. This is especially true in the areas of vocabulary building. We can give students word lists, practice pages, and vocabulary books—and they can learn the words that are contained within those pages. Or we can teach him how to dissect passages, sentences, and words for himself—and he will learn how to figure out the meanings of words forever.
That is what the Definition Dissection packet is all about! It is a vocabulary product in which the six Definition Dissection tricks are taught in detail (with steps for carrying out each one): 1. Clue Words; 2. Parts of Speech; 3. Roots and Affixes; 4. Trigger Words; 5. Context; 6. Synonyms. Each trick is taught in a full page of steps and examples followed by a full page of enumerated steps and examples. Following the dozen pages of the six tricks, the product has a page of Roots and Affixes with words listed beneath each one. Following this, there are several pages of categorized words that are similar or related to each other.