Syllables and Affixes

The Syllables and Affixes stage of literacy development is a time of expanding reading interests and fine-tuning reading strategies. Students will be expected to read more informational text as classroom instruction shifts to a greater emphasis on content area subjects. It is also a time for students to make new and richer connections among the words they already know and words they will learn. The Syllable and Affixes stage represents a new point in word analysis because students will learn to look at words in a new way, not as single-syllable units, but as two or more syllabic or meaning units. Developing word knowledge allows students to read more fluently, which in turn allows them to exercise and expand their increasing level of cognitive and language sophistication.

Types of Sorts in Syllables and Affixes

  • Compound Words
  • Inflected Endings
  • Open and Closed Syllables
  • Accented Syllables
  • Unaccented Syllables
  • Consonants
  • Prefixes and Suffixes
  • Homophones and Homographs

Placement Guidance

Grade Range: 3rd- 5th grade
Guided Reading Range: O through T
DRA Range: 34 through 50
Corresponding Reading and Writing Stage: Intermediate