Archive for March, 2008

Teaching Spelling – Words nearly alike in Sound

Lesson 204.
Words nearly alike in Sound, to be carefully distinguished.
as say’      es say’        ep’ic        ep’och
de cease’    dis ease’      bea’con      beck’on
de scent’    dis sent’      coffin       cough’ing
de vice’     de vise’       grist’ly     gris’ly
huz za’      hus sar’       di’vers      di’verse
in tense’    in tents’      cho’ral      cor’al
a loud’      al lowed’      gant’let     gaunt’let
im merse’    a merce’       mu’sic       mu’cic
af fect’     ef fect’       rad’ish      red’dish
e lude’      al lude’       sculp’tor    sculpt’ure
Cas’tile     cast’-steel    hum’ble      um’bel

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Spelling – Words sometimes incorrectly pronounced alike
Lesson 203.
Words sometimes incorrectly pronounced alike, but which should be
carefully discriminated.
line      loin      creek    crick    sex       sects
loam      loom      pint     point    yon       yawn
lose      loose     sat      sot      least     lest
morn      mourn     phase    face     scrawl    scroll
rout      route     laud     lord     tents     tense
stalk     stock     east     yeast    with      withe
can       ken       dawn     don      close     clothes
blanch    blench    dose     doze     coarse    corse
want      wont      wen      when     white     wight
wax       whacks    alms     arms     moor      more

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Spelling – Homonyms – Homophones
Lesson 202.
to, towards; unto.             vane, a weathercock.
too, also.                     vain, proud; empty.
two, one and one.              vein, a blood-vessel.
trey, three at cards.          waste, to consume; loss.
tray, a shallow vessel.        waist, part of the body.
vale, a valley; a dell.        ware, merchandise.
veil, a cover; a curtain.      wear, to use; to waste.
wait, to tarry; to stay.       way, a road; manner.
weight, heaviness; load.       weigh, to balance.
weighted, balanced.            week, seven days.
wade, to walk in water.        weak, not strong.
weth’er, a sheep.              wood, timber; a forest.
weath’er, state of the air.    would, preterit of will.

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Spelling – Synonyms – Same Meaning

Lesson 201.

The words opposite one another in the lines have nearly the same meaning,
and are called Synonyms.
au’thor ize     com mis’sion    em pow’er
ap par’ent      ob’vi ous       ev’i dent
ac cord’ant     con’so nant     a gree’ing
de port’ment    de mean’or      be hav’ior
di dac’tic      pre cep’tive    in struc’ive
fla gi’tious    a tro’cious     out ra’geous
ad her’ent      par’ti san      fol’low er
in’di gence     pen’u ry        pov’er ty
syc’o phant     par’a site      flat’ter er
har’bin ger     pre cur’sor     fore run’ner

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Teaching Spelling – Homophones

Lesson 189.
tacks, small nails.              toe, part of the foot.
tax, import; duty.               tow, coarse part of flax.
throne, seat of a king.          tract, a region.
thrown, cast.                    tracked, followed.
team, horses hitched together    their, belonging to them.
teem, to bring forth.            there, in that place.
tear, water from the eye.        throw, to cast; to hurl.
tier, a row or rank.             throe, agony.
threw (thru), did throw.         tide, rising of the sea.
through, from end to end.        tied, bound; fastened.
time, duration.                  toad, a harmless reptile.
thyme, a pungent herb.           towed, drawn by a rope.

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Teaching Spelling – Words frequently mispronounced, or improperly accented.

Lesson 198.
Words frequently mispronounced, or improperly accented.
in’nate       chol’er ic      se’cre to ry
ter’mites     gon’fa lon      dec’re to ry
way’lay       cen’tu ple      ex’ple to ry
slaugh’ter    re’tro cede     con sis’to ry
frag’ile      nu’cle us       pre cep’to ry
car’riage     cen’tau ry      rep’er to ry
thor’ough     co quet’ry      chi rur’ger y
sched’ule     sto mach’ic     sperm a ce’ti
grand’eur     in’ter stice    pan e gyr’ist
hir sute’     ce ram’ic       pan’e gy rize
ben’zine      re volt’ing     mel lif’lu ous

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If the suffix or verb ending begins with a vowel, drop the final e.

Examples: amuse + ing = amusing

                    Create + ity = creativity

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