Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

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