Language Arts

The second grade language arts curriculum will develop literate individuals through a balanced program that includes:

  • An engaging and motivating curriculum that grows in complexity throughout the year
  • A comprehensive curriculum that includes reading comprehension, fluency, vocabulary development, grammar, writing, literary analysis, and research skills
  • Assessment based, differentiated instruction to meet the individual needs of students

Our language arts curriculum endeavors to inspire independent reading, critical thinking, and creative writing. Here is a sneak peek at some of the skills/standards we will cover in our second grade classrooms:

Reading
Developing comprehension strategies for fiction and informational texts (CAFE)
Provide opportunities to improve reading fluency by further developing the use of appropriate expression, intonation, pacing, and rhythm
Explore the characteristics of literary genres
Strengthen the identification of the literary elements: main idea, story structure, and author’s purpose

Writing

Use the writing process to prewrite, draft, revise, edit, and  publish

Develop appropriate grammar skills

Lucy Calkins Units of Study: Personal Narrative, Informative Writing, Poetry, and Opinion Writing

Speaking and Listening
Reinforce oral fluency and develop an awareness of an audience through multiple opportunities to speak formally and informally
Demonstrate attentive listening by following multi-step directions
Provide opportunities to use appropriate voice and give eye contact during oral presentations

Words Their Way 
A developmental word study program for phonics, vocabulary, and spelling instruction