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Overview of Vowel-Consonant-e Syllables
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Vowel-consonant-e, or VCe, syllables contain a silent e at the end that elongates the vowel sound.
For example, if you add an e to the word mat, it becomes mate. Notice how the e at the end is silent, but it changes the vowel sound to the long a.
The syllable can start with a consonant, a blend, or digraph (for example, shake), or may contain only the VCe, such as in the word ate.
The vowel is long and the final e is silent, which is why the VCe is also called a silent-e syllable.
Words with a vowel-re pattern at the end are considered to be VCe syllables, rather than r-controlled syllables. Tell students that the e is stronger than the r, so the e jumps over the r to make the vowel long, as in care and fire.
Teaching students the characteristics of VCe syllables is crucial. Many longer, harder-to-read words contain VCe syllables, so the sooner students learn these basic concepts, the sooner they’ll be able to read and spell more words.
Six Syllable Types