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4.13: More About [r]

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
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More About [r]

1. Underline the letters that spell [r]:

\begin{align*}& \text{ac\underline{r}oss} && \text{\underline{wr}ite} && \text{pa\underline{rr}ot} && \text{anothe\underline{r}} \\ & \text{ea\underline{r}th} && \text{so\underline{rr}y} && \text{othe\underline{r}} && \text{\underline{wr}ong} \\ & \text{\underline{r}ight} && \text{\underline{wr}itten} && \text{a\underline{rr}ive} && \text{ai\underline{r}po\underline{r}t} \\ & \text{wo\underline{rr}y} && \text{togethe\underline{r}} && \text{ove\underline{r}} && \text{squa\underline{r}e} \end{align*}

2. You should have found three different ways to spell [r]:

Way #1: In nine words [r] is spelled <r>.

Way #2: In four words [r] is spelled <rr>.

Way #3: In three words [r] is spelled <wr>.

3. Now sort the words with [r] into these groups:

Words with [r] spelled ...
Way#1: Way #2: Way #3:
across worry write
earth sorry written
right parrot wrong
together arrive

4. Three ways to spell [r] are <r>, <rr>, and <wr>.

Word Squares. All but three of the words in this Squares contain the sound [r].

Three-letters: ate

Four-letters: over, girl, goes

Five-letters: earth, right, worry, other, wrong, round, often, three

Six-letters: across, writer, parrot, arrive

Seven letters: sorrier, written, another, airport

Eight-letters: together

The words that do not contain [r] are often, goes ,and ate.

Teaching Notes. About \begin{align*}99\%\end{align*} of the time [r] is spelled either <r> or <rr>. Nearly all of the remaining \begin{align*}1\%\end{align*} is accounted for by the minor spelling <wr> and the even more minor <rh> and <rrh> (as in rhythm and catarrh). Even more so than [l], [r]has a radical effect on vowels that precede it. For a discussion of vowels before [r], see AES, pp. 307-26. For more on the spellings of [r], see pp. 447-55.

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