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Chunking words to help with spelling

Jan 26, 2014 2:37:00 PM / by Vu Long Tran

"Chunking" words into letter groups 
Sometimes breaking down words into smaller groups of letters can help make it easier to spell and/or pronounce. So instead of attacking the whole word, you can attack the word in smaller bits.

These tables are examples from "The Spelling Skills Handbook", By John Barwick and Jenny Barwick*.


Common letter combination

Consonant blend
Example
-ight
l ight, r ight
-tion
na tion, rela tion
-ing
str ing, s inger
 -ough
r ough, t ough
 -tle
cas tle, net tle
 -end
fri end, s end

Consonant blends
Consonant blend
Example
bl-
blend,  black
br-
brown,  break
ch-
church, su ch
cr-
crush,  creature
dr-
drip,  drawer
fl-
flood
gl-
glance,  glad
gr-
graph, de gree
pl-
place, ap ply
pr-
prince,  probably
sc-
scatter,  scene
scr-
scramble, de scribe
sh-
ship,  sharp
shr-
shrill,  shriek
sl-
slope,  slippers
sp-
spill,  speak
spl-
splint,  splash
spr-
spring,  spread
st-
steam,  still
str-
strike,  strap
sw-
swim,  sword
th-
this,  third
tr-
trip,  tremendous
tw-
twelve,  twist
wh-
who,  whistle
wr-
write,  wriggle

Vowel blends - including a vowel and -y
These are some examples of vowel blends. Sometimes the letter -y is used as a vowel.


Vowel blends 
Examples 
-ai- 
rail, remai
-au- 
taught, Pau
-ay- 
pay, today 
-ea- 
peace, tea 
-ee- 
seem, pee
-ei- 
seize, receive 
eu- 
eucalyptus, Europe 
-ey 
monkey, prey 
-ie- 
believe, relie
-oa- 
roast, soa
-oe- 
toe, poe
-oi 
oil, spoi
-oo- 
spool, poo
-ou- 
about, devou
-oy 
toy, deploy 
-ue- 
Sue, sue
-ui 
ruin, build 
-uy 
buy, guy 
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    References:
    *Barwick, J (1999). The Spelling Skills Handbook. Sydney: Horwitz Education, pp29-30.
    Vu Long Tran

    Written by Vu Long Tran

    Solutions Engineer APAC @pymetrics . ex-@Forrester consultant. Tweeting on #cloud, #cybersecurity, #equality and #tech tinkering!

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