Mix a literature connection to short /e/ and a social skills lesson by reading Enemy Pie. This children’s picture book was written by Derek Munson and illustrated by Tara Calahan King. The boy in this book has only one sworn enemy who he needs to get rid of. His father tells him he’s had experience with this issue and he presents the perfect solution. Unsure of exactly how using “enemy pie” will pan out, the son agrees to the plan. Interacting with an enemy could be risky and it’s hard to say what exactly could happen as a result.
Short /e/ is easily mixed with short /i/ for many English language learners. It’s important to provide a visual cue when identifying /e/ in isolation along with many opportunities to hear and practice /e/ alone and in words.
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