The Thomas Hardye School

Weekly Literacy Focus

Week Two

September 12th 2016

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'Magic e'

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Following on from last week’s long and short vowels:
‘Magic e’ aka ‘Bossy e’
Proper name split digraph (digraph = 2 letters)

Magic/Bossy e is a vowel sound which has been split.
An e next to the vowel makes the vowel sound long. For example:
doe, pie, barbecue

When it’s split by a consonant it becomes a split digraph. For example:
wrote       (the oe digraph is split by the t)
lake          (the ae digraph is split by the k)
complete (the ee digraph is split by the t)

An e can be added to many short words, changing the vowel sound from short to long. For example:


Without an e

With an e

grip

gripe

rag

rage

slop

slope

hug

huge

 

Here’s a link to a catchy Bossy e earworm… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBP-AW29YDk

 

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