Pronouns




Pronouns refer to people, places, and things, and take the place of nouns and noun phrases.

Young children understand and use the word I, which is also a high frequency word used in speaking and writing in kindergarten. Personal pronouns are taught beginning in Grade 1 and continue to be taught at every grade. Grade 1 students can identify and correctly use pronouns, such as I, me, we, they. First grade students also learn that some pronouns indicate possession or ownership, and progress to understanding and using possessive pronouns in Grade 2.

Students in Grade 3 should be able to discuss ways different personal pronouns are used in sentences as subject, object, and possessive pronouns. Students sometimes confuse possessive pronouns with contractions, and word study should give students opportunities to distinguish between the two. Pronoun-verb agreement is tested in Grade 3 when students are expected to understand and use singular and plural pronouns correctly (she runs, they run). Although pronoun-antecedent agreement (e.g. the party was fun, but it was crowded, with it referring to “the party”) may be tested in Grade 3, the term antecedent is not introduced until Grade 5.

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Common Core State Standards Related to Pronouns

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.2.a
Capitalize the first word in a sentence and the pronoun I.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1.d
Use personal, possessive, and indefinite pronouns (e.g., I, me, my; they, them, their, anyone, everything).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1.c
Use reflexive pronouns (e.g., myself, ourselves).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1.f
Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.1.a
Use relative pronouns (who, whose, whom, which, that) and relative adverbs (where, when, why).

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Personal Pronouns: I, me, he, she, it, him, her, you, we, they, them

Possessive Pronouns: his, hers, its, yours, ours, theirs

Reflexive Pronouns: myself, yourself, himself, herself, ourselves, themselves

Relative Pronouns: who, whose, that, which, whoever, whichever, whatever, whom, what

VocabularySpellingCity.com provides word lists, printables, and interactive games and activities that give students the opportunity to learn and use pronouns of all sorts.

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