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.