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11.22: How Do You Spell [l]?

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
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How Do You Spell [l]?

1. You can hear the sound [l] at the beginning and end of the word lull. Underline the letters that spell [l] in each of the following words:

\begin{align*}& \text{abi\underline{l}ity} && \text{symbo\underline{l}} && \text{ferti\underline{l}izer} && \text{\underline{l}ieutenant} \\ & \text{wrink\underline{l}e} && \text{bung\underline{l}e} && \text{regu\underline{l}ar} && \text{nationa\underline{l}} \\ & \text{free\underline{l}y} && \text{cathedra\underline{l}} && \text{gui\underline{l}ty} && \text{\underline{l}eisure} \\ & \text{annihi\underline{l}ate} && \text{de\underline{l}egate} && \text{horrib\underline{l}e} && \text{ angri\underline{l}y} \\ & \text{awhi\underline{l}e} && \text{e\underline{l}aborate} && \text{jung\underline{l}e} && \text{\underline{l}eague}\end{align*}

2. Now sort the twenty words into these three groups:

Words with [l]. . .
in the front in the middle at the end
lieutenant ability wrinkle
leisure freely awhile
league annihilate symbol
delegate bungle
elaborate cathedral
fertilizer horrible
regular jungle
guilty national
angrily

3. How is [l] spelled in all of these words? <l>. More than nine times out of ten [l] is spelled this way!

Word Squares. This squares contains the following twelve words, each of which contains the sound [l] spelled <l>. We've shown you where the <l>'s go in the words:

\begin{align*}& \text{6 Letters:} && \text{7 Letters:} && \text{8 Letters:} && \text{10 Letters:} \\ & \text{awhile} && \text{ability} && \text{horrible} && \text{annihilate} \\ & \text{bungle} && \text{angrily} && \text{national} && \text{lieutenant} \\ & \text{jungle} && \text{wrinkle} \\ & \text{league} && \text{symbol}\end{align*}

Teaching Notes.

The sounds [l] and [r], called liquids, are closely related. Complications exist for the vowel sounds preceding [l] much as they do for those preceding [r]. Thus, we get long <o> in roll with VCC, and we get short <o> in hall but short \begin{align*}<\mathrm{a}>\end{align*} in hallow, complications with which the students will work in upcoming lessons. For more on the liquids, see AES, p. 439. For more on the spellings of [l], see AES, pp. 439-47.

Word Squares. Notice that jungle and bungle are interchangeable.

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