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Explaining "state of"
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In trying to teach the suffix "ship" I'm struggling with explaining the meaning "state of"to the kids. such as friendship is the state of being friends. Does anyone have a better, kid-friendly explanation for "state of"or "condition of"? It doesn't help the kids understand the meaning of the suffix if they don't understand the meaning of the "meaning"!


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I think in many words it would be equivalent to someone experiencing that quality. Friendship / you are experiencing being friends, internship / she is experiencing being an intern, apprenticeship / he is experiencing being an apprentice, hardship / they are experiencing something hard, partnership / experiencing being partners, etc. It's not a perfect explanation but might be more accessible to the kids.
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Might be weird...
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I tend to get weird with puzzles like this... a few random thoughts. At the risk of confusing them (don't know the age) is there a comparison between what state we live in? I also wonder if we could play with it some... I'm happy. So is there such a thing as "happyship?" (By the way, I object to "I'm happy." I think it's more nearly correct to say "I feel happy." Our emotions don't define us.)

Is "sadship" a work used to describe being in a state of sadness?

Ah, the joys of our language.

Again, depending on the age, there might some fun ways to play with it. I think examples are going to be important... maybe see how many words we can come up with that use the suffix?
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Old 09-13-2019, 09:56 AM
 
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"being" Friendship means being friends. Hardship exists when something is being hard; makes a difficulty. Take out the "experiencing" in the previous post and I think you've got it for primary grades.

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Thanks! I like "experiencing", but I think "being" will work better for my students.
Although I like the idea of making a game/puzzle out of it, I'm afraid my students would be confused. I teach 4th grade, and most of my kids are English Language Learners or SpEd, or both.


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