Thanks to Literacy teacher, Mrs Killoch for this week’s post. 

‘Magic e’ aka ‘Bossy e’

Proper name split digraph (digraph = 2 letters)

 

An e next to the vowel makes the vowel sound long:

doe, pie, barbecue

 

This still happens when the vowel and the e are split by another letter – the split digraph:

wrote           (the oe digraph is split by the t)

lake             (the ae digraph is split by the k)

complete   (the ee digraph is split by the t)

 

Adding an e changes the vowel sound from short to long in these words (and many others):

 

Without an e With an e
 

grip

 

gripe
 

rag

 

rage
 

slop

 

slope
 

hug

 

huge

 

And courtesy of Dr Ennion an 80s version!

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