Grade 2 English/Language Arts

What your child will learn and do in Grade 2 English/Language Arts

In grade two, students continue to build important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. They think, talk, and write about what they read in variety of texts, such as stories, books, articles, and other sources of information including the Internet. In their writing, students learn how to develop a topic and strengthen their skills by editing and revising. Activities in these areas include:

  • Reading stories, including fables and folktales from different cultures, and identifying the lesson or moral of the story

  • Reading texts about history, social studies, or science and identifying the main idea

  • Answering who, what, where, when, why, and how questions about stories and books

  • Describing the reasons that an author gives to support a point

  • Learning and using new words

  • Learning the rules of spoken and written English

  • Participating in class discussions by listening and building on what others are saying

  • Describing in their own words information learned from articles or books read out loud

  • Working together to gather facts and information on a topic

  • Writing about a short series of events and describing actions, thoughts, and feelings

  • Writing about opinions on books using important details and examples to support a position

Helping your child learn outside of school:    

Provide time and space for your child to read independently for at least 20 minutes. This reading time should be free from distractions such as television.

  • Ask your child what topics, events, or activities he or she likes. Then look for books, magazines, or other materials about those topics to motivate your child to read.

  • Ask your child to think about what the message of a story may be or what he or she learned from an informational book or article.

  • Look for opportunities in everyday places to build your child’s vocabulary.

  • Be sure your child has a library card. Your child should select books in which they are interested in order to develop a passion for reading. Spend time at the library with your child.

  • Use technology to help build your child’s interest in reading. Access websites that allow students to read books or articles online. The computer will help with words your child cannot read independently. Libraries also have computers your child can use to access websites.

  • Involve your child in authentic opportunities to practice conveying a message through writing/drawing (e.g. grocery or shopping lists, chore lists, messages to family members, signs, directions, keeping a journal, etc.).

  • Encourage friends and family to give books or magazine subscriptions to your child as gifts.  

  • Find time to talk to your child about school or current events (e.g. while riding in the car or taking public transportation, while waiting at the doctor’s office, etc.).

  • Involve your child in planning and researching family activities (e.g. reading recipes to plan a meal, planning a family trip, planning a home project, etc.).


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