Spelling Long Words: The Syllable-Building Strategy

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A long word is a word that has more than one syllable (i.e., multisyllabic). A syllable is a word or part of a word that is spoken with a single sound of the voice. Using the Syllable-Building Strategy will help you spell long words such as democratic.

Here is how a student named William used the steps in the Syllable-Building Strategy to learn to spell democratic. He came across this word while reading his social studies textbook.

Using the Syllable-Building Strategy will make you a better speller.


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