Elementary English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan, Media Object
Upper Elementary, Middle School
  • Lesson Plan
  • Memes
  • Speech Therapy
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
    Media Formats:
    Graphics/Photos, Mobile, Text/HTML

    Affixes Wrap-up

    Affixes Wrap-up


    Students will be instructed in how to make a meme to display their understanding and mastery of roots and affixes. For simplicity memes will be created using printer, paper, and pen/marker/pencil. Memes 


    This lesson focuses on teaching kid's to create a meme that can encapsulate/summarize the information that they have learned in previous lessons regarding pre-fixes and affixes. By creating a meme the students will demonstrate that they can think through different affixes and roots to find an exemplar which can be portrayed through visual media.

    • The lesson should be completed in at most 2, 30-minute therapy sessions
    • This lesson is meant for face-to-face therapy


    Background for Teachers

    This lesson is intended to be a culminating lesson once your students have reached mastery with prefixes, suffixes as well as some common roots. Please keep in mind:


    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to understand how to create a meme
    • Students will be able to understand how to use affixes in conjunction with visuals to demonstrate their knowledge.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will create a meme that visually demonstrates the power of affixing an affix.

    Step 2 - Planning Instruction


    Student Background Knowledge

    Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of affixes and roots. This is not where you start!

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    All students in your therapy sessions are diverse learners. Ensure that this lesson matches their IEP goals.


    Ensure you have access to a color printer as well as drawing/writing implements needed to create the physical versions of memes.

    Step 3 - Instruction


    1. Show the students an example meme. Here is mine:

     Speech class, we just play games. Color picture of lemon next to word lemon above black and white picture of lemon next to word lem-off

    2. Discuss how memes can be a play on words, or a catchy title to a visual.

    3. Discuss how an affix meme will visually show the difference between the meaning of the root word with and without the affix. Here is my example:

    Picture of car covered in oreos with caption "feeling covered in dirty?" along with picture of clean car with caption "we've got you UN covered" emphasis on UN.

    4. Explain that for therapeutic simplicity you will print student photos and they can draw/write on the pictures to create the meme.

    5. Review copyright difficulties and need to cite sources for pictures and information.

    6. Provide students with access to Wikimedia Commons to search images.

    7. Wrap up first session with homework to choose their root, affix, and images to complete their project during the next therapy session.

    8. To start session 2, preview previous instruction.

    9. Review student choices for root, affix, and image.

    10. Print and provide materials for drawing/writing as needed. 

    11. Allow students to create memes.

    12. Review student's memes with therapy group.

    Step 4 - Assessments

    Review student memes to ensure that their roots, affixes, and images match and work together to demonstrate correct understanding of the affixes and roots topic. Use the simple rubric below to verify if your student's are ready to move on to the next target. All items must be accurately addressed to move on.

    TargetFailed AttemptSuccesful Attempt
    Image, root, and affix provided in meme.No - redo lesson and reteach targetsYes - ready to continue to next speech goal/target
    Root and affix combine to convey a real wordNo - redo lesson and reteach targetsYes - ready to continue to next speech goal/target
    Image matches meaning conveyed by combined root and affixNo - redo lesson and reteach targetsYes - ready to continue to next speech goal/target