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Second Grade Reading

Literacy Block Components

Interactive Read Aloud and Shared Reading

  • Children are actively involved in the reading of a book, and are learning how books work.

Independent Reading

  • Children choose “just right” books with the guidance of their teacher. After reading, children respond in a variety of ways (retelling, journal response, projects, etc.)  Assignments and responses change over time according to their needs and abilities.

Guided Reading

  • reading_2.jpgOur belief is that each child becomes an effective reader through guided instruction. Therefore, we design groups based on needs, with the exception that these groups will change as the readers needs change.
  • Strategies taught during guided reading include: What do you do when you see an unfamiliar word? What do you do if the word you tried doesn’t sound right or look right? Does what you read make sense?
  • During the guided reading process, the teacher will be prompting students to use these strategies. During guided reading the teacher demonstrates and reinforces effective reading behaviors.
  • Guided reading is a time for the teacher to guide the child in understanding “book language.” Book language refers to something that students may encounter in a book that they would be familiar with (e.g. metaphors, dialect, a foreign language, italics, bold print, and punctuation).
  • Children should also read at home every day for a minimum of 20 minutes.

Word Study

  • Good spellers develop strategies that allow them to learn how to spell a large number of words, even those they have not attended to in informal instruction. They can do so because they have internalized a network of word-solving strategies, important principles, and many basic spelling patterns.
  • Word Study teaches children to “word solve” throughout meaningful reading and writing. When we talk about word solving, we are describing the process in which the learner actively investigates how words work. 
  • Word solving is not just word learning. Its purpose lies in the discovery of the principles underlying the construction of words that make up the written language.