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Advanced Phonics Patterns

Decodable — The Man with the Velvet Hat

Use this decodable text to give students practice reading two-syllable words with schwa, a lazy vowel that occurs in an unstressed syllable in a multisyllable word. Schwa sounds more like a short 'u' or short 'i' as opposed to a pure short or long vowel sound: for example, wag-ən and el-ə-phant.

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