My last post was on the different patterns that make up syllable division. Now, I want to go through each pattern and how to label a word for easy pronunciation. If you have not read the post(s) on REVLOC, please read that now, and come back. It is important to have an understanding of REVLOC before dividing words, because after dividing the words into syllables, the rules of REVLOC will make pronunciation of the word much easier.
The first pattern (I learned in the OG course I took) is VCCV, or Vowel-Consonant-Consonant-Vowel. There are four different kinds of VCCV word patterns. They are labeled according to REVLOC syllable types.
Rabbit Two closed syllables
Reptile One Closed, One Magic E syllables
Candy One Closed, One Open syllables
Hornet One Closed, One R-Controlled syllables
To determine the type of word, we underline vowels, label the pattern, (in this case) divide between the two consonants, label each syllable based on REVLOC, and use that labeling to pronounce the word.
Here is an example of the dividing of each:
Here are examples of each type of word patterns. See if you can divide them!
Rabbit words. Underline vowels, divide between consonants, label syllable according to REVLOC.
In order to make sure a student is grasping the concept and not just memorizing words, it is common to use nonsense words in exercises. Below is an example of some nonsense words to divide.
In addition to coding words, students should practice reading all words out loud. This fortifies the understanding of the different syllable types and the sounds they make. Students should even read the nonsense words.
Reptile Words. One closed and one magic e syllable. Divide between two consonants in VCCV pattern.
Candy words. One closed syllable, one open syllable. VCCV divide between the two consonants.
Hornet Words. One of the syllables will be R-controlled. Divide between the two consonants.
Perfume – R controlled and magic e
Burly – R controlled and open
Here is a list of three syllable VCCV words. And a picture of how they would be labeled.