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Overview of R-Controlled Syllables
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An r-controlled syllable is a syllable in which the r “controls” the vowel sound. In closed syllables, or syllables where a consonant “closes” in the vowel, the vowel makes its short sound. However, if the vowel is followed by the letter r, the vowel does not make its expected sound.
For example, the a in pat makes the short a sound, but when an r is added, the word becomes part and the r changes the sound the a makes.
Teaching students the characteristics of r-controlled syllables is crucial. Many words contain r-controlled syllables, so the sooner students learn these basic concepts, the sooner they’ll be able to read connected text and spell more words.
Six Syllable Types