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Language Arts


This year your child will be working to develop his or her understanding and mastery of Grade 2 Connecticut Core Standards for English-Language Arts. These standards integrate all aspects of Language Arts development and are categorized under Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, and Language. Your child’s teacher will use a wide variety of instructional strategies and formats to help your child learn and progress toward mastery of these standards by the end of the school year


  • Apply Phonics and Word Recognition Skills. Know and apply grade level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
    • Distinguish long and short vowels (e.g., hop and hope).
    • Know spelling sound correspondence (e.g., treat, boat, about).
    • Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels (e.g., maybe).
    • Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes (e.g., un, re, mis, able, ful).
    • Identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences (e.g. body, cloth, ton, happy, sky).
    • Recognize and read grade appropriate irregularly spelled words.
  • Read with Fluency
    • Read on level text with appropriate accuracy, rate and expression.
  • Identify Key Ideas and Details
    • Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding with literature and informational texts.
    • Recount stories and determine central message, lesson or moral.
    • Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
    • Identify main topic in an informational text.
    • Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures.
  • Understand the Structure of Texts
    • Describe how words and phrases supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem or song.
    • Describe the overall structure of a story and acknowledge differences in points of view of characters.
    • Determine the meaning of words and phrases in an informational text.
    • Know and use various text features (captions, bold print, glossaries, etc.) to locate key facts.
    • Identify the main purpose of a text including what the author wants to answer, explain or describe.
  • Integrate Knowledge and Ideas Within and Across Texts
    • Use illustrations and text to understand character, setting and plot.
    • Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story.
    • Explain how specific images (diagram, etc.) clarify an informational text.
    • Describe how the author supports points in an informational text.
    • Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two informational texts on the same topic.
  • Read and Comprehend a Range of Texts with Appropriate Grade Level Complexity
    • Proficiently read and comprehend a variety of texts in the grade 2-3 text complexity range.



  • Write a Variety of Texts for Various Purposes
    • Write opinion pieces that introduce the topic, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words to connect opinion and reasons and provide a concluding statement.
    • Write informative/explanatory text by introducing a topic, using facts and definitions to develop points and provide a concluding statement.
    • Write narratives by recounting a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, including details, thoughts and feelings, and sequencing to signal event order and provide a sense of closure. 
  • Produce and Publish Clear and Coherent Writing
    • Revise, edit and use a variety of digital tools to publish writing with guidance and support from adults and peers.
  • Research to Build and Present Knowledge
    • Participate in shared research and writing projects.
    • Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

Speaking And Listening

  • Participate In Collaborative Conversations with Understanding
    • Build on others talk and conversations with diverse partners, follow agreed upon rules for discussions and ask for clarification and further explanation as needed.
    • Recount or describe key ideas and details from a read aloud or oral presentation.
    • Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather information or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
  • • Present Knowledge and Ideas Clearly
    • Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
    • Create audio recordings of stories or poems; add drawings or other visual displays to stories or recounts of experiences when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts and feelings.
    • Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification.


  • Demonstrate Command of Conventions of Standard English
    • Apply parts of speech correctly when writing and speaking. 
    • Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences. (e.g., The boy watched the movie; The little boy watched the movie; The action movie was watched by the little boy).
    • Apply capitalization, punctuation and spelling when writing.
  • Use Knowledge of Language Apply formal and informal uses of English.
  • Understand and Use Grade Appropriate Vocabulary
  • Determine and clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases using a variety of strategies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings. 
  • Apply words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and responding to texts.



  • Work toward mastery of upper-and lower-case Zaner Bloser print alphabet.

Upcoming Events

Charter Oak International Academy

425 Oakwood Ave., West Hartford, CT 06110

Juan Melián, Principal

T: 860-233-8506

F: 860-761-1244

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