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Six Syllable Types

Six Syllable Types

"Without a strategy for chunking longer words into manageable parts,students may look at a longer word and simply resort to guessing what it is — or just skipping it. Familiarity with syllable-spelling conventions help readers
know whether a vowel is long, short, a diphthong, r-controlled, or whether endings have been added when reading words. Familiarity with syllable patterns help students read longer words accurately and fluently and to solve spelling problems. During  instruction,  your  children  will  be  exposed  to  many  words  that  follow  these rules, and they are encouraged to use the rules for use with additional words.  In many cases, teachers also include pseudo (nonsense) words for application.  The  incorporation  of  nonsense  words  in  phonics  instruction  is  supported  by  current research  and  serves  different  purposes.    One  purpose  is  that  it  ensures  application  of the rule or pattern.  More importantly, it enables students to read words that are not in their  vocabularies  because  students  will  be  able  to  apply  the  rules  to  accurately decode the word.  Additionally, reading nonsense words prepare students to decode unfamiliar  multisyllabic  words.    When  the  basic  syllable  division  rules  are  applied  to break  down  longer  words,  students  must  read  the  parts  (which  in  many  cases  are nonsense  words).    For  instance,  if  a  student  breaks  the  word sarcastic into  syllables, he/she must read the “nonsense” words sar, cas, and tic to accurately read the word.  Through practice reading and writing nonsense words, students will be more prepared to solve words with more than one syllable. 
By  learning  the  syllable  types  and  the  rules  for  dividing  words,  students  are empowered  to  solve  unknown  words  and  increase  their  vocabularies.    Please  use  this same syllable terminology with your child when working with them at home to support the patterns and/or rules he or she is learning in school."  *

The attachments below will show you the six syllable types with the rules for each one.  There is also an example of the Six Syllable House visual I have for students to refer to when needed.

Closed Syllable-

Open Syllable-

Vowel Consonant -e Syllable-

Vowel +r Syllable-

Vowel Pair/Team Syllable-

Final Stable Syllable-

Six Syllable House Visual-

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