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Reading Lesson Idea: R-Controlled Words


Special practice for reading and pronouncing words that have a vowel followed by the letter "r".

  • Handout: R-Controlled Words
  • Additional materials can be used depending on your students learning style, such as a white board, manipulative letters, or highlighter.
  • You may choose to introduce one or all R-controlled sounds, depending on your student's level.
  • Explain to the student:
    • In some words, in which the letter "R" follows a vowel, the sound of that vowel is changed.
    • S/he will not hear the vowel sound next to the R in these words
    • There are exceptions, but this rule works most of the time.
  • Ways to practice:
    • The student reads aloud the list of R-controlled words on the handout, or another one provided by the tutor.
    • The tutor dictates R controlled words and the student writes the word on a white board, paper, or using manipulative letters.
    • The tutor (or student) highlights R-controlled words in a text, then the student reads the words aloud.
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