1. Introduce the Third Exception to the Main Rule
2. Practice applying the Third Exception.
1. Write on the board: Main Rule: Stop each chunk after the vowel sound and say the First Vowel Sound.
2. Write on the board: First Exception: Add any double consonant to the chunk.
3. Write on the board: Second Exception: Add any marker to the chunk.
4. Write on the board: Third Exception: Add a sound if the next chunk is HARD TO SAY.
5. Familiarize yourself with the lesson plan and the word lists near the end.
Class time elapsed: 0 minutes
1. Review the Main Rule about stopping each chunk after the vowel sound.
2. Then review the First Exception and the Second Exception.
Time elapsed: 4 minutes
3. Read aloud the Third Exception.
4. Write the word contest on the board. Now discuss the first chunk in terms of the Main Rule, noting that neither of the first two exceptions apply here. Draw a vertical line between co and ntest (stopping after the vowel sound, as instructed by the Main Rule.) Have a student say the first chunk (co) and then the second (ntest), and then point out how the chunk ntest is an awkward-sounding chunk, that is, that it is "hard to say."
5. Now write the word reptile on the board and repeat the process, drawing the vertical line between re and ptile. Again, point out that ptile is an awkward chunk and is “hard to say.”
6. Refer again to the Third Exception, and explain that the chunks ntest and ptile in the above two words are examples of chunks that are "hard to say" and that the Third Exception specifies that we should therefore move a letter from the "hard-to-say" chunk to the end of the preceding chunk, just as we did with markers and doubled consonants.
7. Redraw the line in contest between con and test and have a student say the two chunks. Point out how much easier it is to pronounce the chunk test.
8. Repeat the process with reptile, drawing the line between rep and tile.
Time elapsed: 8 minutes
9. Using words from the word list below, have the class first apply the Main Rule, then move the chunk boundary until the next chunk is no longer “hard to say.”
2-syllable words: jum-ping, lan-ded, in-vest, in-sect, lun-ches, lob-ster
2-syllable words requiring two sounds be moved: lamp-shade, camp-fire
Time elapsed: 12 minutes
10. Remind the class of the Rule of c and tell them to apply it to any c’s in an unfamiliar word before beginning to chunk the word. Then chunk the following 3-syllable words, after applying the Rule of c first where applicable:
3-syllable words: in-struc-ted, con-duc-ting, con-cen-trate
11. Sum up the lesson by telling the students that they now know the complete multisyllable decoding method and that once they learn the English code they should be able to figure out almost any unfamiliar word they encounter in their content area reading.
Time elapsed: 15 minutes