The Bluegrass Literacy Project is dedicated to improving English language literacy among the youth of Kentucky. To achieve our mission, we give free online etymology workshops.


Etymology, the study of word roots, is the most effective method to learn and retain vocabulary. By learning Latin and Greek roots, students can often recall words faster than rote memorization alone. Students can even determine the definitions of obscure English words by piecing together roots, instead of memorizing long lists of words and their meanings. The study of etymology also improves spelling proficiency.

Workshops are written by students who have extensive etymology knowledge and are multi-year competitors at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. For more information about etymology workshops, be sure to follow our Instagram and look for our weekly Saturday Stems!

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During this short workshop, we will be exploring the basics of etymology. You will learn to recognize basic Greek and Latin roots and several prefixes through our specially designed "word puzzles." Workshops will be conducted through Zoom and will be presented by Tara.


This workshop is ideal for elementary and middle school students - or anyone who has an interest in etymology. Sign up below!

Intro to etymology

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