Second-Grade Writing Learning Objectives
Please notice that literacy learning objectives, listed in italics, are aligned to our larger report card indicators, typed in bold. Each learning objective is accompanied by sample “I statements” that students can use in considering their progress as readers and writers.
Report Card Indicator: Understand and employs the various stages of the writing process, including pre-writing, drafting, revision, and editing. With guidance and support from adults, second-graders focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.
Develop stamina in writing for a range of genres, purposes, and audiences.
- In content areas such as social studies and science, I participate in shared research and writing projects.
- With guidance and support, I use technology to produce and publish writing when appropriate.
- I write opinion texts to introduce a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
- I write informative/explanatory texts to introduce a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
- I write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques.
Report Card Indicator: Organizes writing so that the reader can follow easily.
When second-graders write stories, they tell them in order and use transition words/phrases as appropriate. When they write nonfiction, they group information into parts. Each part is mostly about one thing that connects to the big topic.
Report Card Indicator: Develops an idea or captures a story by incorporating supporting details.
- In my introduction I get the reader ready for a story or to learn about a topic. I think about the best way to hook my readers!
- I use words to show sequence, like “then” or “later.”
- I write an ending that draws conclusions, asks questions, or suggests ways the reader might respond.
Second-graders incorporate reasons and details into their writing.
- I include facts, details and observations about my topic and explain some of them.
- The writer tries to bring the characters to life with details, talk, and actions.
Report Card Indicator: Incorporates the craft of writing.
- I use text features such as table of contents, drawings, captions, and diagrams and glossaries.
- As I write, I try to keep the audience and purpose in mind.
- I make sure to choose strong words that help the reader picture the story or visualize the facts.
Report Card Indicator: Understands and applies the conventions of writing: correct grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and spelling.
Second-graders are aware of the importance of editing.
- I know to capitalize proper nouns.
- I remember to use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives.
- I capitalize the titles of stories.
- I use a question mark at the end of a sentence that asks a question.