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R-Controlled Vowels

Spelling Vowel-r Words with the Build-a-Word Strategy

Reading consultant Antonio Fierro of El Paso, Texas, demonstrates how to use the build-a-word teaching strategy to help students identify the vowel-r pattern in spoken words — and then accurately spell that pattern, such as in the word born. You might also know the vowel-r pattern as an "r-controlled vowel" or "bossy 'r'."

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