Closed Syllables are the most common type of syllable. Before you begin, students should understand the definition of a syllable: a word, or part of a word, made by one push of breath. Practice clapping the syllable, tapping the syllable, etc. Students should also know the difference between a consonant and a vowel (you’d be surprised), and be able to identify short and long vowel sounds.
- Have only one vowel.
- The vowel sound is short.
- The vowel is followed by one or more consonant (hence, “closed-in”).
Examples of closed syllables are: clap, tip, graph, pic·nic (two closed syllables).
Why teach closed syllables?
Personally, I like to give ownership back to students for their learning. When you teach this rule, and students understand it, you can give prompts such as, “This word has a closed syllable.” The cue being: one short vowel, ends in a consonant(s).
We’ll discuss teaching ideas in the next post.
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These are six syllable types that make up the majority of words in English.
1. Closed Syllables
2. Open Syllables
3. Vowel-Consonant-e Syllable
4. Consonant-le Syllable
5. R-Controlled Syllables
6. Vowel Teams
What are the benefits in learning these six types?
English is a very complicated language, and teaching the syllabication principles will help your child/student chunk words down into more manageable parts. This, in turn, will help with overall reading skills and identify of spelling patterns.
This will also be especially beneficial for students who have a specific learning disability in reading. Research supports that teaching phonics is the most effective type of reading instruction for students with dyslexia.
In the upcoming weeks, I will tackle the different syllable types. Whether a refresher, or new material, I hope this series helps!
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