Tips for Teaching the Y Rule

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The suffixing rules represent a challenging but important set of spelling generalizations. They allowed students to write a wide variety of sentences using the full range of verb tenses. Learning these suffixing rules, like the Y Rule, puts students on the path to avoiding many spelling pitfalls and being able to successfully navigate the writing challenges of their school day.

There are three main suffixing rules:

In previous posts, we discussed the doubling rule and the drop e rule. Today we will be looking at the y rule rule. Stay tuned for more posts in this series.


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