2nd Grade English & Reading

Key Literacy

Developing the Key Components in 2nd Grade

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Phonological awareness instruction includes lessons about manipulating sounds through isolating, segmenting, adding, deleting, substituting, and blending sounds.

Explicit, systematic phonics instruction occurs in both whole group and small group lessons, utilizing a gradual release of responsibility including modeling, practice, and immediate corrective feedback.  Instruction is scaffolded via multi-modal materials including letter cards and tiles, decodable text, dry erase boards, and engaging visuals.

Vocabulary instruction is incorporated throughout the day, focusing on both spoken and written language. It involves the intentional use and teaching of increasingly complex language and content specific words. Vocabulary development is further supported through whole class read-alouds and independent reading.

Fluency instruction occurs in a variety of settings throughout the day, including whole group and small group lessons, as well as individual instruction and feedback.  Instruction utilizes read-alouds, music, poetry, decodable text, repeated readings, partner reading, and independent reading.

Comprehension instruction occurs across content areas whenever students interact with text. Instruction involves strategic readings of high interest text grounded in a variety of genres, cultures and perspectives.  Teachers work with students to develop strategies that leverage background knowledge, promote inferential thinking and begin to analyze literal and figurative language.

Writing instruction across all grade levels involves direct, systematic instruction in responding to text and writing across genres.  Additionally, second grades write, revise, and edit a number of things throughout the school year, including personal narratives, informational and persuasive pieces.