The English Language Arts Program of the schools of the Diocese of Ogdensburg is based on the National Common Core Standard. As with all of our educational programs, all instruction is centered in our Catholic Faith foundation.
In the context of all ELA instruction, students are expected to use the following practices which include:
- read and work with a balance of informational and literary texts
- apply reading/writing skills in science and social studies
- develop skill to read, analyze, evaluate texts that are increasingly complex
- support and make inferences based on text-based information
- writing that emphasizes the use of evidence from sources to inform or make an argument
- build transferrable vocabulary to access grade level texts across disciplines
The content of grade two ELA is clearly outlined on the Diocesan Report Card. In addition to the content and skills, writing is highly emphasized not only in ELA but in all subject areas. The Common Core requires 4 types of writing – argument, informative/explanatory and narrative. Below you will find a strong writing sample for this grade level that is the expected performance on a narrative writing task.
My first tooth is gone I recall one winter night. I was four. My sister and I were running down the hall and something happend. It was my sister and I had run right into each other. Boy! did we cry. But not only did I cry, my tooth was bleeding. Then it felt funny. Then plop! There it was lying in my hand. So that night I put it under my pillow and in the morning I found something. It was not my tooth it was two dollars. So I ran down the hall, like I wasen’t supposed to, and showed my mom and dad. They were suprised because when they lost teeth the only thing they got is 50¢..
Criteria used to evaluate this piece as a strong writing sample include:
- establishes a situation in time and place appropriate for what is to come
- recounts a well-elaborated sequence of events using temporal words to signal event order
- includes details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings
- provides a sense of closure
- demonstrates growing good command of the conventions of standard written English