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U (cut) Sound Multisyllable Word List

By Rodney Everson

The five lists of the /a/, /e/, /i/, /o/, and /u/ sounds spelled only with a, e, i, o, and u are a resource for those looking for longer words with no advanced code vowel spellings. They are organized so that each such word only shows up on one of the five lists. This list of /u/ words spelled u contains all words with the vowel sound /u/ spelled u and where all the other vowel sounds are /a/, /e/, /i/, and /o/ spelled with only basic code.

Of the 7,000 words in the database constructed from a popular children’s dictionary, 96 of them are multisyllable words with the vowel sound /u/ in which the only other vowel sounds might be /a/, /e/, /i/, and /o/.

Taken together, the five lists cited above will hold all words in the database that have only Basic Code spellings of their vowel sounds. These lists can be very useful for putting together stories or assignments that have words with spellings already covered in the curriculum. And, because of the way the lists with only Basic Code vowel spellings are organized, this list does include all such words that contain the /u/ sound spelled with the letter "u".

Note on the word divisions: Each word is divided into chunks determined by the unique and effective OnTrack Reading Multisyllable Method. The chunks are not syllables.

The OnTrack Reading curriculum also avoids teaching the schwa sound. Instead “perfect pronunciation” is emphasized for spelling purposes. Thus, the word bucket, chunked buck et, is taught to be pronounced with an /u/ and /e/ sound rather than the last chunk using the schwa sound.

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Comprehensive Word Lists

Features over 100 word lists built from 7,000 words input from a children's dictionary. Lists are organized by vowel and consonant sounds and cover most common spellings. Useful in the classroom for building curriculum aids such as short stories that emphasize specific sounds and spellings. Multisyllable words are also included, chunked according to the method taught in the OnTrack Reading Advanced Code Phonics Workbook.