2nd Grade ELA Units (Stage 1)
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Content Area: Language Arts Integrated Unit
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Unit 1: Building Bridges Within a Community
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Grade Level: 2
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Stage 1 - Desired Results
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Transfer
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Students will be able to independently use their learning to...
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• communicate effectively to contribute to their community
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Meaning
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Enduring Understandings:Essential Questions:
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Students will understand that...Students will keep considering...
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• their opinions can be expressed and are valued
• author’s write with different purposes in mind


• Why do stories have a beginning, middle and end?
• How do you recognize the author's purpose of a text?

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Acquisition
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Students will know...Students will be able to...
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• retelling includes main idea, characters, setting, problem, events and solution
• the term point of view
• comparing means how things are similar
• contrasting means how things are different
• how to complete a Venn diagram
• active reading strategies include predicting, inference, retelling, summarizing, drawing conclusions
• how to locate and use nonfiction text features
• an author’s purpose in writing nonfiction could be to answer, explain or describe
• reading with accuracy includes using decoding skills, context clues, and self-correcting to make sure reading makes sense
• reading fluently means using appropriate phrasing, rate, and expression
• what an introductory statement is in opinion writing
• how to write reasons that support an opinion
• what a concluding statement is in opinion writing
• effective oral presentation skills include eye contact, volume and clear pronunciation
• parts of a letter (greeting, body, closing)

LITERATURE
• answering who, what, where, when, why and how questions of key details
• retelling events of a story using beginning, middle and end to determine the central message of a story
• identifying characters, their point of view and how they respond to events
• comparing and contrasting several works that have a common theme (fiction and nonfiction)
• applying a variety of active reading strategies while demonstrating accuracy of 2nd grade level fictional texts
INFORMATIONAL TEXT
• answering who, what, where, when, why and how questions of key details
• reading and comprehending nonfiction texts
• interpreting text information gathered from diagrams, graphs, maps, captions, bold print, electronic menus, and illustrations
• using text features to locate information (dictionary, table of contents, glossary, index, charts, headings)
• identifying the author’s purpose
• describing the reasons that support specific points an author makes
• applying a variety of active reading strategies while demonstrating accuracy of 2nd grade level nonfiction texts
FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS
• recognizing second grade sight words and irregularly spelled words
using long and short vowel sounds while decoding
• reading with accuracy and fluency to support comprehension
WRITING
• writing opinion pieces that include introducing the topic, stating an opinion, supplying reasons that support that opinion and providing a concluding statement
• using a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, with support
• using background knowledge or provided sources to answer questions
SPEAKING AND LISTENING
• participating in collaborative conversations, using active listening strategies and clear communication
• summarizing key ideas from an oral presentation (teachers, peers and media)
• asking and answering questions to clarify information
• demonstrating effective oral presentation skills
• clarifying ideas through the use of various media (posters, drawings, powerpoints, recordings, presentations)
• speaking in complete sentences when appropriate
LANGUAGE
• using capital letters for proper nouns
• writing the standard form of a friendly letter, including commas in greetings and closing
• using spelling patterns when writing
• using beginning dictionaries and word walls to check and correct spelling
• using context clues to clarify the meaning of a word
• writing and speaking in simple sentences using nouns and verbs
• acquiring new vocabulary and applying it to reading, writing, speaking and listening

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