The Rules and Principles of Syllable Division
Identifying syllables and the principles for dividing and joining longer words are necessary for students to be independent learners.
One Consonant - vowel-consonant-vowel pattern VCV
Divide the first syllable after the consonant; for example, cam el, lav ish, ex empt
Check the dictionary if the word has a long vowel sound to its first syllable, then divide the first syllable before the consonant, for example, bi son, pro tect, pre cinct
Two Consonants - vowel-consonant-consonant- vowel pattern VCCV
Divide the syllables between two consonants; for example, rab bit, at tempt, scram jet
Do not divide digraphs and exceptions to the rules instead divide the two consonants after the digraphs and the exceptions to the rules; for example, chick en, proph et, gold en, mild er
Check the dictionary if the word has a long vowel sound to its first syllable, then divide the first syllable before the clusters of sounds we called blends; for example, a pron, fra grant, re spect.
Three Consonants - vowel-consonant-consonant-consonant- vowel pattern VCCCV
Divide between the consonant or consonants with blends; for example, os trich, com plex, sand wich, wasp dom, junc tion
Do not divide trigraphs and exceptions to the rules, instead, divide the consonants before or after the trigraphs and the exceptions to the rules; for example, kitch en, scratch es, blind fold, bold ness
Divide the consonants after the vowel, and usually, the first syllable is a prefix; for example, re script, re prout
Four to five consonants - vowel-consonant-consonant-consonant-consonant-vowel pattern VCCCCV, VCCCCCV
Divide between the consonants with blends or compound words; for example, con struct, gang plank, wind span
Do not divide digraphs, and trigraphs instead divide the consonant or consonants after or before the digraphs, trigraphs, blends, compound word, and the exceptions to the rules; for example, an thrax, dump struck, watch strap, trans plant
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