How Do You Spell Long <e>, [ē]?
1. The most important spelling of [ē] is <e>, almost always in the long patterns VCV and V.V. Underline the <e>'s that spell [ē] in each of the following words:
2. Sort the thirty words into the following two groups:
3. The <e> spelling of [ē] occasionally occurs in two patterns other than the very common VCV and V.V. Mark the <e> spellings of [ē] in the words below as we have done with maybe, vehicle, secret, and theater. Watch for the patterns in maybe and secret.
4. You should have found four words with [ē] spelled <e> in one pattern other than VCV or V.V, and you should have found seven words with [ē] spelled <e> in another pattern other than VCV or V.V. In the table below label the two columns with the proper patterns and sort the fourteen words into the two groups:
The three words with [ē] spelled <e> in the VCV pattern:
The two words with [ē] spelled <e> in the V.V pattern: