The history of the English language is a long and winding road, forsooth. Here’s a short video that traces the truth about the history of the world true, from its Old English origins to modern usages. Consider generating a list of words for class members to investigate. Etymology at its finest.
The extended tree metaphor used in the narration and the animation makes the concept easy to understand
Resource includes a brief check for understanding, discussion questions, and links to additional related sites
Opportunity to flip the video: create your own multiple choice and/or open answer questions to check for understanding, add addition resources, or create a discussion question for an online, open forum (requires free online registration)