2nd ELA


Unit 4- Accelerating Readers' Growth in Longer Fiction Stories

Welcome to a fresh new year and a fresh new unit! This new year and unit gives second graders a fresh start, resolving to strengthen the good habits they need for reading, thinking, and talking about longer stories.In short, the books your kids are reading now, as transitional readers, demand a new kind of attention. As readers move into longer stories, whether they are longer picture books or early chapter books, they often run into some predictable challenges, including the difficulty of linking chapters to accumulate a longer story, noticing and deciphering new vocabulary, and growing relevant (not random) ideas about the story and characters. Readers who used to retell shorter stories comfortably are now faced with far more narrative to accumulate. Readers who finished books in a single sitting are now charged with keeping track of a story across more than one day of reading workshop, or between school and home. With the burden of word solving eased, many children move rapidly through the text, not pausing to accumulate the story, and not recognizing when they’ve stopped monitoring for meaning. It’ll be important to help readers hold onto their good reading habits, while forming the habits necessary for reading longer stories and chapter books. Getting kids ready to tackle longer, more complex texts as they move up the levels of complexity is incredibly important work. In this unit, we’ll remind readers of the work they’ve done to follow a character across a book and notice their likes, dislikes, relationships, actions, troubles, and how their feelings change from start to end; and now, we’ll emphasize the work they need to do to hold onto longer stories, putting the larger parts together to think deeply about both the characters and the story as a whole. This unit has some mini-lessons on tackling complex and new vocabulary too. We want to continue to help readers draw on their growing phonics knowledge to solve these longer, more complex words.


Unit 4- Authors as Mentors

In this unit we will be studying Ezra Jack Keats as a mentor author for writing personal narratives and including craft moves by this author.

Students will...

  • use a selected author to give them tips on how to come up with ideas to write about.
  • plan a story across their fingers before they write.
  • revise their writing using the selected author as the revision teacher.
  • use ellipses in their own writing.
  • use comeback lines in their own writing.
  • get information for their own story by doing research.
  • study one text for many lessons.
  • write a one moment story or a many moments story.
  • write a story where the many moments are held together by a big idea.
  • add details to their many moments stories.
  • study any book to get ideas for their writing.
  • use techniques that improve their writing.
  • look at their own writing to see what it needs and other's writing for specific help.
  • check their own writing for correct spelling and over-usage of words.
  • prepare their writing for the upcoming writing celebration.