Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.7 Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.
My name is Heidi André and I’ve been teaching for ten years in Oregon City, Oregon. I taught for three years in first and the past seven in second grade. A huge portion of my every day is spent teaching beginning readers. For the readers that are reading at or below grade level, I have them take a leveled passage from our curriculum home each night to read in order to improve fluency at their reading level. There are comprehension questions at the bottom of each homework passage to discuss with an adult after reading.
In my second grade reading groups, when the students advance to third grade level or beyond their homework changes. They are required to read for their usual 20 minutes, but they have full choice over their reading. They do nightly written responses in their “book logs” and share each morning at the beginning of reading group.
*Blackline masters for book log questions
*Blackline masters for book projects
*Directions and tips for how to introduce and use throughout the year for homework in reading groups
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