English Language Arts and Literacy in Grade 2

Students in 2nd grade will gain more skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. They continue to learn and practice rules for matching sounds to letters that make up words, and they learn new concepts — such as words that share the same root (e.g., add and additional) — that help them figure out the meanings of new words. Writing will become an exciting way for your child to use newly learned words and phrases to express ideas. As they write and speak, 2nd graders will be more attentive to the formal and informal uses of English and will spell most words correctly in their writing.

A Sample of What Your Child Will Be Working on in Second Grade

  • Paying close attention to details, including illustrations and graphics, in stories and books to answer who, what, where, when, why, and how questions.
  • Using text features (e.g., captions, bold print, indexes) to locate key facts or information efficiently.)
  • Writing an opinion about a book he or she has read, using important details from the materials to support that opinion.
  • Writing stories that include a short sequence of events and include a clear beginning, middle, and end.
  • Taking part in conversations by linking his or her comments to the remarks of others and asking and answering questions to gather additional information or deepen understanding of the topic.
  • Producing, expanding, and rearranging sentences (e.g., “The boy watched the movie”; “The little boy watched the movie”; “The action movie was watched by the little boy.”)

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