Language Arts

ELA  English Language Arts:  Reading, Writing, Spelling, Listening, and Presenting

Here's a sampling of the Common Core State Standards for second graders in reading and writing.

Reading:
1.  Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
2.  Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
3.  Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
4.  Identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
5. Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
6. Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
Writing:
1.  Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g.,because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
2.  Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
3.  Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

Here's a Venn Diagram we made when we compared two folktales.  One is a Chinese folktale called Two of Everything and the other is called One Potato, Two Potato and is an Irish folktale.





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