How Do You Spell [ū], Long ‘oo’?
1. You can hear long ‘oo’, [ū], in the word crude. Long ‘oo’ is usually spelled with a or an <o>. Underline the letters that are spelling [ū] in the following words:
2. Now sort the words into the following two groups:
3. You have worked with three patterns that have long vowels at their beginning: VCV, Ve#, and VCle. Sort the words in Item 1 into the following groups:
7. There are two other patterns that have long vowels at their heads. The first one is written V#: When <e>, , <o>, , or <y> are the last letter in a word, they spell a long sound. Find the three words in your list of [ū] words that fit the V# pattern:
6. The second new pattern is quite different from any of the others: When two separate vowel sounds come one right after the other, the first vowel sound will be long - as in words like lion and cruel. with long and long ‘oo’. We write this pattern V.V. The dot between the V's reminds us that the vowel letters are spelling two separate vowel sounds.
7. So far you have worked with eight vowel patterns: VCV, VCC, VC#, VCle, VCCle, V#, Ve#, and V.V. Sort the eight patterns into these two groups: