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Unlocking the Secret to Reading: The Keys to the Six Basic Syllable Spelling Patterns
Opening the Door to Reading!
• The English alphabet has 26 letters.
• All English words use some of these 26 letters.
In the alphabet: - 21 letters are consonants that have only one sound b,c,d,f,g,h,j,k,l,m,n,p,q,r,s,t,v,w,x,y,z
In the alphabet, 5 letters are special: - 5 letters are vowels that have two sounds (long and short)
a e i o u
The key to reading and spelling all words: •All words have at least one vowel.
• All words have syllables.
• Syllables are word parts. • Reading is easy if you can break words up into small parts (syllables). re – mem – ber remember
Use the Keys to Unlock and Read New Words!
All you need to know are the six syllable rules!
The Six Basic Syllable Types: 1. Closed Syllables 2. Open Syllables
3. Vowel-Silent e Syllables 4. Vowel Team Syllables 5. r-Controlled Syllables 6. Consonant + le Syllables
Closed Syllables • A closed syllable has one vowel in the syllable and ends with a consonant.
• The vowel sound is usually a short sound.
(Your lips are mostly closed when you say the final consonant sound.)
Open Syllables • An open syllable ends with a vowel sound.
• The vowel sound is usually a long sound.
(Your mouth is open when you say the long vowel sound.)
Vowel-Silent e (Vce) Syllable •Each syllable has only one vowel sound. • When a syllable has two vowels, the first vowel usually makes a long sound, and the second vowel is silent.
bake bike pile cube rope
Vowel Team Syllables • Two vowels are side-by-side. • The first vowel says its name.
• The second vowel is silent. • Sometimes the two vowels
make a whole new sound.
team mail play shout
r-Controlled Syllables •When a vowel is followed by the letter r, the sound of the two letters changes.
Bossy r Silent vowel
Consonant + le Syllables
• A consonant + le, al, or el is usually the last syllable in a word.
s c r a m - ble
You now know the six major syllable types of the English language.