Here’s a quick and easy way to combine reading comprehension with the development of morphological skills (and the ability to manipulate morphemes) called The Neologism Bring It. The basic idea is a simple twist on a reading check, but this method allows students to exercise higher-order thinking skills while they demonstrate that they've completed the reading and can recall it. Plus it's more fun.
Here’s what I do: At the beginning of class, I post a few root words on the marker-board or through the projector. I choose roots that can be related to something from the previous night's reading. To start the day, I ask the students to use these roots create a brand new word, completely of their own creation, and to use that new word in a sentence to describe something (anything!) that happened in the reading.
If I’ve chosen the roots well, generating neologisms should naturally lead the students into the important parts of the reading. The example below is from a reading on Their Eyes Were Watching God where Janie, the main character, speaks up for herself:
In order for this to work, however, you'll first need to introduce your students to neologisms and let them experience what it's like to make up their own words. Someone can probably improve on this, but I've got a pretty simple way of introducing the idea of neologisms, and it seems to work well.