Self-Correcting the Pretest and Discovering the Generalization
||Write ought and although on the board, a chart, or an
overhead projector. Ask what the words have in common. Underline the letter combination
ough in each word. Have students pronounce each word to help them recognize
that the letters gh are silent in each word. Direct students who have
misspelled ought or although on their pretests to cross the word
out and to rewrite it correctly.
|| Write the remaining eight words spelled
with ough, underline the ough, and have students pronounce each
word. Point out that gh is silent in each of these words. Allow time for
students to correct their pretests.
|| Next write slight and delightful,
and ask what the words have in common. Underline the letter combination ight
in each word. Have students pronounce each word to verify that the letters gh
are silent in the letter combination ight. Continue the procedure with
sightseeing, frightened, and copyright as students correct their
|| Display the remaining five words, and ask what they have in
common. Underline the eigh in each one; have students pronounce each word
to verify that gh is silent in the letter combination eigh. Students
should also note that eigh has the sound of long a in every word
but height, where it has the sound of long i. Also point out the
word eight in height, eightieth, and freight.
Checking for Understanding
To verify students' understanding of the lesson generalization, direct them to read
the spelling words and to answer the questions on the student page. Discuss the answers
with them. Then have students read the lesson generalization and discuss it.
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