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|
And courtesy of Dr Ennion an 80s version!