Short A and Long A

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Identify the emphasized sound (Phoneme) in the rhyme or tongue twister. Demonstrate the sound for the student. First stretch the sound out. Then make the sound quickly. (Example long /a/ as in maid. Then short /a/ as in apple.) Have the student repeat the sounds. Say the rhyme or tongue twister together slowly to practice.

/a/
a, ai, au

Pretty Kitty Creighton
Emphasis on: a
Pretty Kitty Creighton had a cotton batten cat.
The cotton batten cat was bitten by a rat.
The kitten that was bitten had a button for an eye,
And biting off the button made the cotton batten fly.

The Freighter
Emphasis on: ai
Through fog and rain I run my train Wherever the track is laid, And over the road I carry a load Whenever the freight is paid. A kaddy of tea For Genessee, For Troy an empty crate, A man in brown For Union town To help them celebrate.

Kookaburra
Emphasis on: au
Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree. Merry, merry king of the bush is he. Laugh, Kookaburra, Laugh, Kookaburra, Gay your life must be. Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree, Eating all the gumdrops he can see. Stop, Kookaburra, Stop, Kookaburra, Leave some there for me.

/ā/
a, ay, ai, eigh, aigh, er, et, ei, au, a_e, ea, ey

A Race A Race To Moscow
Emphasis on: a, ay
A race, a race to Moscow, Before the close of day!
A race, a race to Moscow, a long, long way!
First comes a butterfly a-riding on a frog,
Next comes a water rat a-floating on a log;
A caterpillar on the fence, a hopper in the hay who’ll get
to Moscow before the close of day?

Person Of Spain
Emphasis on: ai
There was an Old Person of Spain, Who hated all trouble and pain; So he sate on a chair with his feet in the air, That umbrageous Old Person of Spain.

Heigh Ho The Carrion Crow
Emphasis on: eigh
A carrion crow sat on an oak, Fol de riddle, lol de riddle, hiding do, Watching a tailor shape his cloak; Sing heigh-ho, the carrion crow, Fol de riddle, lol de riddle, hi ding do! Wife, bring me my old bent bow, Fol de riddle, lol de riddle, hi ding do, That I may shoot yon carrion crow; Sing heigh-ho, the carrion crow, Fol de riddle, loi de riddle, hi ding do! The tailor he shot, and missed his mark, Fol de riddle, lol de riddle, hi ding do! And shot his own sow quite through the heart; Sing heigh-ho, the carrion crow, Fol de riddle, lol de riddle, hi ding do! Wife! bring brandy in a spoon, Fol de riddle, lol de riddle, hi ding do! For our old sow is in a swoon; Sing heigh-ho, the carrion crow, Fol de riddle, lol de riddle, hi ding do!

Apes
Emphasis on: a_e, eigh

Apes ate all eight apples


The Crab and its Mother
Emphasis on: aigh

A Crab said to her son: “Why do you walk so one-sided, my child? It is far more becoming to go straight forward.” The young Crab replied: “Quite true, dear mother; and if you will show me the straight way, I will promise to walk in it.” The mother tried in vain, and submitted without remonstrance to the reproof of her child. Example is more powerful than precept.

The Maid
Emphasis on: ai, ay, eigh, er, au, et, ey, aigh

The maid payed for eight filets that weighed what she gauged in the foyet. They ate straight away on break.

Ape cakes
Emphasis on: a_e

Ape cakes, grape cakes.
Ape cakes, grape cakes.
Ape cakes, grape cakes.

Break
Emphasis on: ea

Put on the breaks for breakfast steak.

Comical Folk
Emphasis on: ey

In a cottage in Fife lived a man and his wife who, believe me, were comical folk;
For, to people’s surprise,
They both saw with their eyes,
And their tongues moved whenever they spoke!
When they were asleep, I’m told, that to keep.
Their eyes open they could not contrive;
They both walked on their feet,
And ’twas thought what they eat helped,
With drinking, to keep them alive!

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