2nd Grade Reading Through the Year: Unit 2
In this second unit of study for second grade reading workshops, you will be strengthening your learners’ reading muscles. If you used our first unit of study, “Constructing Our Reading Lives,” you will find that this unit is a perfect extension to what you taught during the first unit. However, this unit can also stand alone in helping young readers practice the valuable skills of figuring things out during reading. As you use this unit, you will also be implementing a unit that is aligned with a number of the Common Core State Standards.
ELA-Literacy.RF.2.3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
ELA-Literacy.RF.2.3d. Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.
ELA-Literacy.RF.2.4. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
ELA-Literacy.RF.2.4a. Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
ELA-Literacy.RF.2.4b. Read grade-level text orally with accuracy, appropriate rate, and expression on successive readings.
ELA-Literacy.RF.2.4c. Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding, rereading as necessary.
ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1. Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
ELA-Literacy.RL.2.5. Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
ELA-Literacy.L.2.4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 2 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.
ELA-Literacy.L.2.4a. Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
ELA-Literacy.L.2.4c. Use a known root word as a clue to the meaning of an unknown word with the same root (e.g., addition, additional).
ELA-Literacy.L.2.4d. Use knowledge of the meaning of individual words to predict the meaning of compound words.
ELA-Litearcy.L.2.5. Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1. Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
ELA-Literacy.SL.2.2. Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media
This unit is all about turning your readers into active problem solvers, students who will not shy away from tackling any tricky words they encounter. You will teach your readers to use all kinds of strategies for figuring things out as they read, from using phonics and the specific letters of a word to figure it out, to analyzing the type of word that could fit into the context of the story. Of course, different readers will approach reading in different ways, so you will need to really pay attention early to the ways your individual readers are tackling difficult parts of their books.
In the first part of this unit, you will be teaching your readers about monitoring for understanding. What does a reader do when things suddenly do not make sense? How does a reader approach a new, unfamiliar word? These are some of the things you will be teaching your readers early in this unit. As they practice these strategies, you must also ensure they are focusing on comprehension and understanding as well! In the second half of the unit, as they begin to master these strategies, your readers will practice more key components of reading: retelling a story and rereading for clarity and fluency.
At the close of this unit, your class will have a reading celebration, not only to commend your little readers on all of their excellent work during this unit, but also to get them excited and ready for their next unit of study! Your students will complete a fun project we have included at the end of the unit!
We have included a rubric to help you evaluate how each of your readers demonstrated the reading strategies you taught them during this unit in their reading lives. Make sure you keep track of your observations of each of your students throughout this month on the individual student recording sheets included with this unit, as this information will help you fill out your rubrics at the end of the month for each student. We have also included conference recording sheets for your students, as we have found it can be helpful for students to have their own record of the teaching points you taught them during their conferences throughout the unit.
Here is what you will find in this reading unit of study:
1. A short overview of the structure of reading workshops
2. Calendar and outline of all of the mini-lessons for this unit of study (20
3. List of recommended mentor texts
4. Weekly segments:
- Week At A Glance (a preview for the upcoming week, the
Common Core Standards you will cover in the week, and supplies
for the week)
- 5 Detailed Lesson Plans (1 for each day of the week)
- Handouts and anchor charts for each day
- Final project idea and template for the celebration day, along
with a student reflection sheet
5. Conferencing sheets, a reading log template, a rubric, “Tricky Word Spotter” templates (an alternative to Post-its for keeping track of tricky words), and a Letter to Caregivers for the unit. (We like to give the Letter to Caregivers to the families of our students during the first day or two of the unit so they know what to expect.)
Have fun watching your little readers flex their reading muscles!