1. You've seen that when [k] comes at the end or the beginning of a word, you can usually predict when to use <c>, <ck>, or <k> to spell it. You've seen, too, that when the [k] is at the end or the beginning of a free stem inside a word, you can usually predict among <c>, <ck>, and <k>. The same pattern holds when the [k] is in the middle of a word but is not at the beginning or end of a stem; that is, when [k] is in the middle of an element, as in skip and scold.
2. All of the following words contain a [k] in the middle of an element. In each word underline the letter or letters that spell that [k]. Then sort the words into the three groups described below:
3. Now underline the letter that follows that middle [k] sound in each of the words above and sort the words into this matrix:
4. When the sound [k] is in the middle of an element and is followed by <e>, , or <y>, it will usually be spelled <k> or <ck>. If it is not followed by <e>, , or <y>, it will usually be spelled <c>.