MULTI-SYLLABIC WORDS are words that have more than one syllable. Every syllable in a word has only one vowel sound.

Decoding a word is the ability to look through a word, segment, and blend.

 

Please practice writing the following multi-syllabic words.  Place an O for open and a C for closed at the end of each syllable. Study

the multi-syllabic rules below.

List 1 List 2 List 3 List 4 List 5

           po/lite           

ter/mite

   al/ter/nate

ad/ver/tise

 mar/ma/lade

di/lute

whis/per

sud/den/ly

de/part/ment

tur/pen/tine

par/take

jour/ney

or/din/ary

sub/sti/tute

cor/re/late

in/vite

ig/nite

de/liv/er

mi/cro/scope

con/cen/trate

out/rage

per/fume

jal/a/pe/no

te/le/scope

dis/tru/bute

re/fuse

min/ute

ex/er/cise

in/ter/vene

mi/cro/scope

in/sane

de/bate

cro/co/dile

mar/ma/lade

hi/ber//nate

mi/grate

rep/tile

may/on/naise

in/ter/fere

op/er/ate

in/side

ex/pire

mo/nu/ment

de/le/gate

ju/ve/nile

con/fine

in/flate

bac/ha/lor

re/u/nite

re/gu/late

Rules for decoding multi-syllabic words. These common syllables-spelling patterns will provide students with insight into how words are put together. 

A Closed Syllable:   These syllables end in a consonant and the vowel in the syllable is usually short.   Example, the words rab/bit and the word nap/kin.

An Open Syllable:  These syllables end in a vowel and the vowel is genernally long.  Example, the words pi/lot and po/lite.

R-controlled:  When a vowel is followed by r, the letter affects the sound of the vowel.  The vowel and the r appear in the same syllable.   Example:  bird, turtle.

Vowel-silent e These represent long-vowel sounds. Example: complete, decide.

Consonant-le:  Usually the le appears at the end of a word and is preceded by a consonant, the consonant plus le forms the final syllable.  Example: table, little.

Vowel Team:  Many vowels sounds are spelled with vowel digraphs such as ai, ay, ea, ee, oa, ow, oo, oi, oy, ou, ie, and ei.  The vowel digraphs appear in the same sylable.  Example:  boat, explain