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For Students

  • Write in your agenda book everyday. Visit the homepage for our class (through Mrs. Crumrine’s page on the school website) frequently and look at the Calendar for upcoming assignments and tests.  Read your agenda book assignments each evening at home. 
  • Review the make up work policy when you are absent.  Failure to make up absent work on time is the #1 reason for a drop in grades
  • There is NO extra credit work in my class. I accept all late/missing work for 1/2 credit as long as it is done correctly & completely.
  • If you have any questions or need any help/tutoring, please make an appointment for during homeroom one morning or after school one day.
  • Following the daily routine everyday will ensure a successful year for you in English.
  • Memorize your Stems Cards every time you start a new list.  Study your stems flash cards for at least 10 minutes a day.
  • Read for AR everyday in homeroom and at home.  Take an AR quiz every time you finish a book.

For Parents

  • Check your child’s agenda book everyday. Visit our class webpage (through Mrs. Crumrine’s page on the school website) frequently and look at the Calendar for upcoming assignments and tests.
  • Make sure that your child attends school on time on a regular basis.
  • I accept all late/missing work for 1/2 credit as long as it is done correctly & completely.
  • There is NO extra credit work in my class
  • Email me if you have any questions. 
  • Check the progress report on Aeries for any missing assignments, and make sure the student makes up the assignment(s).
  • Make sure that your child is regularly reading an A.R. book at his/her reading level & sign the reading log after every book to verify his/her reading.  Sign up on Renaissance Home Connect to get emails every time your student takes an AR quiz.
  • Quiz your students frequently on their Stems flash cards.


Teacher email:   Phone #: 805-520-6820 ex.1371 


INTRODUCTION TO STEMS (Intro=into, duct=lead, tion=act or state)

Introduction literally means the act of leading someone into something.  This information is designed to lead you into the exciting world of understanding language through learning stems of words.

What are stems?

  • Stems are the building blocks of words.  They are small units of meaning that can stand alone or when joined with other stems can create new words.
  • Stems can be the prefixes, suffixes or roots of words.

Why learn stems?

  • Traditional vocabulary programs require students to memorize a list of words and their definitions.  If the student successfully memorizes the words than the finite number words may or may not become a part of the students’ personal vocabulary.
  • Learning vocabulary by learning stems, however, allows students to access the meaning of the hundreds of words that stem is a part of. Thus, students have a tool for deciphering new words wherever they encounter them. 
  • Having the skill to decipher unfamiliar words is valuable when reading challenging material or when taking tests such as the ACT, SAT, and other college entrance exams.

How will I use the stems?

You will be asked to use the stems in the following ways:

  • make flash cards for each stem (using index cards or a flashcard app)
  • study and memorize each stem and its meaning
  • answer questions which require you to know the stems
  • complete assignments using the words which contain stems
  • do various activities that involve using the stems including breaking down words into their stems, creating new words using stems, spelling and defining difficult words using the stems, etc.

How do I learn the stems?

  • The best way to learn the stems is by repetitive practice and use.
  • You should learn the stems thoroughly as soon as you get the new list.  Then review all your stems at least once a day to keep your knowledge fresh and work the stems into your long-term memory.
  • Remember your goal is to learn the stems, not just memorize them for one test.  Since you will have to remember past lists on each test, brief daily practice will help you more than cramming for hours the day before the test.   

How will I be tested on the stems?

  • Periodic tests on current list and past lists of stems
  • Every test is cumulative which means that you will be required to know not only the current list of stems but all the stems from the past lists. The final exam will contain all the stems lists for the year.

Sometimes Stems Change

  • It is important to know that when some stems attach to others their forms can change to make the word read more smoothly.
  • For example, the stem ex, which means out, can take the several forms (e, ef, ec) even though its meaning does not change.

By the end of the year, you should know the most common 180 stems and be able to use them.  

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