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AISM Literary Focus Areas During PYP Units of Inquiry - 2016-2017

Grade 3
Unit Who We Are How We Organize How The World Works Sharing The Planet Where We Are In Place How We Express
Ourselves and Time Ourselves
Genre of Writing Narrative - Functional - How To Informational; Persuasive Narrative - Short fiction; Poetic
Autobiography Informational Functional - Letters
Writing Traits Organization Organization Conventions Ideas Sentence Fluency Word Choice
Conventions Word Choice Sentence Fluency Organization Word Choice Voice
Reading Strategy Making Connections Determining the Asking Questions Visualization Inferences Synthesizing
Important Ideas
Poetry Diamante
Free Verse
Parts of Speech Nouns Prepositions Adverbs Reinforce Reinforce Reinforce
Adjectives State of being verbs
Action verbs
Word Meaning Compound words Figurative language
Abstract nouns

Word Structure Verb endings Syllabication Syllabication Plurals Contractions Reinforce

Sentence Construction Simple, complete “Power” sentences Rearranging power Compound sentences Reinforce Reinforce
sentence sentences

Word Study Synonyms Long vowels R controlled vowels Prefix Homophones Silent letters
Antonyms Short vowels Suffix

Dolch Words Review “first” list Introduce “second” list Reinforce Reinforce Reinforce Reinforce
(Review primer and pre-
primer if needed)