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2nd Grade Language Arts

What we do:

  • Word solving and vocabulary development
  • Compare and contrast information across texts
  • Build fluency and comprehension skills
  • Study the ways authors use word choice, figurative language, punctuation, and patterns to construct meaning and evoke feelings in readers
  • Stretch out small moments and write with detail
  • Gather evidence from texts to craft persuasive arguments
  • Use line breaks, rhythm, and figurative speech to write more clearly and powerfully

How we do it:

  • Reading Workshop:
    • Students are guided to self-select reading materials that are at their independent reading level and are supported with a balance of whole-group, small-group and individualized instruction to progress to the next level. Students are exposed to a variety of genres, comprehension strategies and decoding skills and are immersed in a culture of reading and talking about books that fosters the habits of a lifelong reader.
  • Writing Workshop:
    • Students self-select writing topics and engage in the writing process. They are supported with a balance of whole-group, small-group and one-to-one instruction that allows each individual student to become a more competent writer. Specific genres, skills, and strategies are taught in accordance with grade level benchmarks. Students learn to use writing as a meaningful and powerful tool to communicate and express their ideas and opinions.
  • Phonics, Spelling, & Word Study:
    • Spelling Connections is a comprehensive spelling curriculum that provides complete, explicit, differentiated instruction that allows students to retain, internalize, and transfer valuable spelling knowledge for improved results in all areas of literacy.
  • Handwriting:
    • Letter formation is reviewed and practiced using the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum.