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Second Grade Literacy

We offer a balanced literacy program consisting of two research-based programs. 

Read First
Read First, “is a statewide initiative for comprehensive reading instruction that is grounded in research and informed by assessment data so that all children become successful readers. Our priorities are to use Core, Supplemental, and Intervention curricula at each grade level, understand how the five components of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics/word study, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension) apply to classroom practice and become diagnostic and prescriptive learning leaders using data to group students and guide selection of appropriate instructional strategies.”

Harcourt Reading Program
The Harcourt reading program that our primary grades use is aligned with this initiative. Additionally, we support our students with a large selection of leveled-reading* trade books purchased over the past few years by our Early Childhood Resource Specialist as well as selections from the Houghton-Mifflin Literary series, offering a rich selection of multi-cultural fiction and non-fiction stories second graders enjoy reading.

We partner the Read First program with Literacy Collaborative, a Lesley University program, which offers a more thorough component for reading comprehension. We use the strengths of these two programs to offer the students the best each has to offer. A literacy block is scheduled 5 mornings a week from 8:15AM to 10:15AM. Specials like gym, music, etc., may alter that slightly. However, a minimum of 90 minutes is assured each day. Learning continues at home so we suggest that fifteen minutes to one half hour of shared or independent reading be done at home on a daily basis. Specific reading assignments will be sent home to complement classroom studies or to practice skills. It is our hope that you will be available to listen to your child read the stories aloud as part of their reading homework assignment and check for comprehension by asking appropriate questions or checking the Reading Response Journal (RRJ). We will work on skills that will assist readers with phonemic awareness, phonics/word study, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.

Writing Workshop
students_working.jpgWriting Workshop is held three times a week to provide opportunities for second graders to write in varying genres: non-fiction/fiction stories, reports, journals, poetry, letter writing, etc. This is our third year piloting the WEX Writers’ Express Program. The WEX Method recognizes “that when students learned to write powerfully, they develop their ideas and learn to think and read more carefully...WEX continuously shows students the impact their words have on a real audience, and, by steadily developing their power to increase that impact, teachers using the WEX Method will:

  • Ignite the urge that starts students writing
  • Develop the skills that keep them writing.”

Mini lessons instruct and model such techniques for good writing. A variety of skills are visited and revisited during this time: brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, publishing, sentence building, capitalization, punctuation, using dictionaries, and other resources. We introduce and practice both written and oral presentations. Children draft three stories/pieces before selecting a favorite to publish. Students choose their favorite writing pieces and, with great pride, read them to their parents at the annual Authors’ Breakfast in June.

*Leveled-reading books address the reading level at which a child is currently assessed. It’s important that children feel successful with reading to enjoy it. Too many stops to decode more difficult words become discouraging. Therefore, having the correct level of reading for each child insures interest, enjoyment and success in reading. When a student reaches proficiency at a level they move on to the next level.