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Daily 2nd Grade Writing Lessons, Activities, Grammar - Unit 1 - {CCSS Aligned}

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This Common Core aligned download includes four weeks of daily writing lessons and activities, as well as, weekly spelling and grammar practice for second grade. This is unit 1 (weeks 1 - 4) taken directly from my complete second grade writing program:

Complete Second Grade Writing Program

Everything you will need to teach these daily writing lessons is included in this download. Such as step-by-step instructions, all templates, reference sheets, and writing samples.

Each Week Includes:

1. An overview of the weeks plan and objective.
2. Five writing lessons
3. A spelling activity
4. A grammar or conventions activity
5. All templates needed for the weeks writing activities.
6. Instruction or reference sheets covering various topics.
7. A peer editing checklist.

Lessons Covering:

Week 1: Introduction to Writing Workshops

During this week students will prepare a variety of charts and reference pages to be used throughout the year. The following templates and instructions are included in this week's download.

• Letter to parents for photographs
• My Journal Photo Page
• My Own Journal Chart
• Alphabet Chart
• Vowels Chart
• Sounds Chart
• More Sounds Chart
• Complete Sounds Chart
• Individual Student Desk Chart
• Take-A-Try Spelling Page
• Useful Words List
• Idea Page
• My Own Word Wall
• Phonetic Rules
• Interest Page
• Letter to Parents - Student Photographs
• Letter to Parents - Student Interest Page

Week 2: Writing A Simple Paragraph

During this week your students will work on grouping ideas into categories or main idea. This week I recommend using three-dimensional objects in your writing workshops. Items that students can touch to facilitate the learning process.

• Writing conventions covered: Color-coding punctuation and capitals
• Activity sheets included:
✓ Brainstorming chart
✓ Green and red editing pages

Week 3: Categorizing Ideas and Creating Main Idea

During this week students will use pictures to group details into main ideas.Step-by-step a paragraph will develop by writing a sentence about each picture. The pictures and sentences are all about a specific main idea. During this week students will learn to use synonyms and a thesaurus in order to expand their topic sentences.

• Writing conventions covered: Interrogative sentences
• Activity sheets included:
✓ Interrogative information page
✓ Animal picture cards
✓ Synonym word cards

Week 4: Developing Main Ideas

This week students will choose a picture that focuses on a preset main idea. After choosing this picture, students will cut and past two other pictures that are related to the larger ‘main idea’ picture. Using this project, writers will develop a paragraph. During this week's writing conventions lesson students will learn about nouns by creating a collage of pictures that illustrate the nouns that are people, nouns that are places, and nouns that are things.

• Writing conventions covered: Nouns
• Activity sheets included:
✓ Writing template page
✓ Concluding sentences chart
✓ Noun activity page


This unit comes directly from my Complete 2nd Grade Writing Curriculum. To view the full program please click on the link below:

Complete Second Grade Writing Program

To view the other 2nd grade writing units please click on the links below:

Grade 2: Unit 1 (Weeks 1 - 4)
Grade 2: Unit 2 (Weeks 5 - 10)
Grade 2: Unit 3 (Weeks 11 - 16)
Grade 2: Unit 4 (Weeks 17 - 20)
Grade 2: Unit 5 (Weeks 21 - 24)
Grade 2: Unit 6 (Weeks 25 - 28)
Grade 2: Unit 7 (Weeks 29 - 33)

This curriculum was designed to teach the grade level fundamentals of writing by incorporating proven best practices and standards and is aligned with the Common Core Writing Standards.

My Additional Writing Activity & Language Arts Programs

Just Write: A Sentence
Letters from Ted E. Bear - Friendly Letter Writing Activities
Just Write: A Paragraph
Just Conventions - Daily Grammar and Conventions Practice
Daily Grammar Lesson Integrated with Science - 3rd Grade
Daily Grammar Lesson Integrated with Science - 4rd Grade
Daily Grammar Lesson Integrated with Science - 5rd Grade
Teaching Research Skills

My Complete Grade Level Writing Programs

Kindergarten Writing Program
1st Grade Writing Program
2nd Grade Writing Program
3rd Grade Expository Writing Program
3rd Grade Narrative Writing Program
Expository Writing for 4th - 6th Grade
Narrative Writing for 4th - 6th Grade

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