In "word analysis" or "word study," students break words down into morphemes, their smallest units of meaning. Each morpheme has a meaning that contributes to the whole word. Students’ knowledge of morphemes helps them to identify the meaning of words and builds their vocabulary. Being able to analyze words is not only a critical foundational reading skill, it also is essential for vocabulary development. UDL principles can help you differentiate instruction to meet the wide range of student variability. View this slideshow for an introduction to teaching students Word Analysis strategies. Printable text-only version available below.