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Status

Open

Estimated Completion Time

36 Weeks

Overview

The Elementary English Language Arts Grade Two course provides students with foundational reading and writing skills, reading comprehension strategies, writing composition and grammar skills, and speaking and listening skills. Students will learn how to use a combination of short and long vowel sounds, r-control vowels, and other vowel combinations in conjunction with consonant digraphs, blends, and endings to decode and encode words when reading and writing. Students will also learn how to use reading comprehension strategies to analyze and find text evidence in literature and informative texts. Students will be taught grammar skills, such as collective and irregular nouns, irregular verbs, subject and predicate, and adverbs, which they will incorporate when writing. Students will participate in planning, writing, editing, revising, and publishing informative, narrative, and opinion writing compositions throughout the course.

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Course Requirements

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students and families are expected to maintain regular contact with teachers because, when teachers, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

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Major Topics and Concepts

Segment One

  • Consonant blends with a short vowel
  • Long vowels
  • Digraphs
  • Silent letters
  • Compound words
  • Asking and answering questions in a text
  • Character’s response to events
  • Rhyme, rhythm, and beat in a literature text
  • Central message and key details
  • Making connections
  • Identifying the main topic and key details
  • Using context clues to determine unknown words in text
  • Story structure
  • Point of view
  • Author’s purpose
  • Text features
  • Images add meaning to text
  • Identifying adjectives, rhyme, alliteration, rhythm, and beat in a literature
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Reading grade-level sight words
  • Reading grade-level texts for accuracy, rate, fluency, and expression
  • Using context clues
  • Nouns: singular, plural, collective, and irregular plural
  • Pronouns
  • Irregular verbs
  • Subject and predicate
  • Complete and incomplete sentences
  • Types of sentences
  • Using a dictionary
  • Using a glossary
  • Capitalization: holidays, products, and geographic names
  • Prefixes
  • Suffixes
  • Verb tense: past, present, and future tense
  • Comparative adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Compound sentences
  • Contractions
  • Informative, narrative, or opinion writing on a topic
  • Writing Process

Segment Two

  • Long vowel sounds
  • Diphthongs
  • Schwa sound
  • Words with irregular sounds
  • Sounds in blends
  • Triple clusters
  • Compound words
  • Contractions
  • Prefixes and suffixes
  • Asking and answering questions
  • Identifying central message and key details
  • Recounting details in a story
  • Story elements
  • Making connections
  • Point of view
  • Character’s response to events
  • Main topic and key details
  • Re-reading to find information in a text
  • Images add meaning to text
  • Comparing and contrasting
  • Identifying rhythm and rhyme in a literature text
  • Author’s point
  • Character reactions and responses in a literature text
  • Cause and effect in a literature text
  • Alliteration
  • Reading grade-level sight words
  • Reading grade-level texts for accuracy, rate, fluency, and expression
  • Shades of meaning
  • Possessive nouns
  • Compound sentences
  • Using a dictionary
  • Using a glossary
  • Researching and writing on a given topic
  • Using commas correctly when writing
  • Parts of a letter
  • Root words and suffixes
  • Adding adjectives and adverbs to writing
  • Using formal and informal language
  • Informative, narrative, or opinion writing on a topic
  • Writing Process

Credits 1

Competencies

  • Writing Paragraphs
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of paragraph structure by writing a paragraph that includes a topic sentence, facts, and a concluding sentence. Additionally, students will learn and practice foundational reading and language convention skills.
  • Investigating a Topic and Writing a Story
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of investigating a topic and writing a story by using questions and observations to explore the world around them and writing a narrative to tell events in order. Additionally, students will learn and practice foundational reading and language convention skills.
  • Reading Aloud: Rhyme and Rhythm
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of rhyme and rhythm by identifying words that rhyme and phrases that create rhythm and by reading passages aloud with expression and fluency. Additionally, students will learn and practice foundational reading and language convention skills.
  • Exploring and Explaining Unknown Words and Ideas
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of using strategies to find the meaning of unknown words by reading an informative text, using context clues and a dictionary for meaning, and writing a multi-paragraph informative text about what they learn. Additionally, students will learn and practice foundational reading and language convention skills.
  • Poetry: Pattern and Meaning
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to use problem-solving skills to look carefully at new poems and learn how the words and rhymes the author uses help the reader understand the meaning. Additionally, students will learn and practice foundational reading and language convention skills.
  • Connecting Images and Words to Real Life
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of connections between images and written words and their lives by identifying symbols and words and explaining their meaning and real-life connection in a multi-paragraph opinion text. Additionally, students will learn and practice foundational reading and language convention skills.
  • Stories that Teach a Lesson
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of stories that teach a lesson by reading a folktale, retelling the story, identifying the lesson in the tale, and by writing a multi-paragraph narrative text. Additionally, students will learn and practice foundational reading and language convention skills.
  • Author's Purpose, Main Topic, and Key Detailsl
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of the purpose, main topic, and key details of a text by reading a multi-paragraph text on a chart, and using a dictionary to learn the meaning and spelling of unknown words. Additionally, students will learn and practice foundational reading and language convention skills.
  • Pictures and Words for Meaning
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of using pictures and words for meaning by viewing a picture, making a prediction about the meaning of the picture, reading text to change or add to the meaning, and sharing their opinion through discussion or writing. Additionally, students will learn and practice foundational reading and language convention skills.
  • Research
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to conduct research by interviewing, reading for information, asking and answering questions about the information in their sources, and by writing a multi-paragraph informative text. Additionally, students will learn and practice foundational reading and language convention skills.
  • Cause and Effect
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of characterization by reading and evaluating a story and writing an original narrative that describes how characters respond to events and challenges. Additionally, students will learn and practice foundational reading and language convention skills.
  • Opinion Writing and Using Feedback
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to use feedback to improve their writing by conducting research, sharing ideas and using feedback to improve their multi-paragraph opinion text. Additionally, students will learn and practice foundational reading and language convention skills.

Pre-Requisites

None

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