Second graders need lots of time and opportunity to practice their writing skills. They’re required to use the language arts skills they learned in Grade 1 to advance their basic elementary writing principles at this grade level.
Before your second grade child puts pen to paper, or their fingers on the keyboard, they’ll need to have a broad vocabulary, skills in spelling, grammar and punctuation, and feel confidence in handwriting and/or typing.
As expectations step up, many young writers start to find the writing process difficult. To help your child, you can provide them with a range of different writing activities to support their development.
This guide will provide you with explanations, practice tips, and fun writing resources to help you support your young learner in the best way possible!
There are three main writing styles learners will come across in second grade. These are:
They should familiarize themselves with the features of these writing styles and understand their different purposes.
When children are composing opinion writing pieces, there are four key elements that they must include:
If your child can master these steps, then they’ll be in an excellent position to succeed when writing opinion articles in second grade.
Your child can work through the opinion writing lesson series on Nightzookeeper.com to help practice the basics of writing in this genre.
Informative writing is a more complex writing style, as it requires young writers to gather knowledge on a specific topic before the writing process can begin. Informative writing is sometimes referred to as explanation writing.
Second graders will need to use the writing skills they built in first grade to support the development of new ones. These include research skills, note-taking, the ability to recognize and understand the meaning of new words, and reading comprehension skills.
Challenge your child to pick out an informative text at home and write down three key facts they have learnt on each page.
Once they have acquired the knowledge to write their article, they can begin their first draft. Your child should aim to include all of these key features:
It’s a great idea to ask your child to label each section of their work to ensure they have included all the necessary features. You can also help your young learner by providing feedback on their composition, whilst also checking whether they have included the most important facts they collected during the note-taking phase.
In Grade 2, children are expected to write stories that include a short sequence of events. They’ll be encouraged to put their existing creative writing skills to good use, as this grade level requires learners to add more detail about actions, thoughts, and feelings to their stories. Time connectives and openers should be used to show the sequence of events and the story should have a clear ending.
They can take inspiration from stories they’ve read. Often, retelling one of their favorite stories is a perfect place to start their learning journey in this particular genre.
These are the key features your child must include in their second grade writing:
Challenge your child to write a story on Nightzookeeper.com using the creative writing prompts and helpful story openings. This activity will provide your child with the inspiration to get their story started, whilst also the guidance to structure their opening paragraphs in an interesting and varied style.
Night Zookeeper is a full language arts curriculum and is the best place for your child to put into practice the many writing skills they’ve learned in first and second grade! There are thousands of writing activities to help your child consolidate their learning, including games on how to use adverbs, homophones, and nouns, lesson series on all styles of writing, challenges, and creative writing prompts!
All writing resources are arranged by grade level, to ensure that your second grader has access to everything they need to become a budding young writer. Sign up to our writing program for kids today to get a free 7-day trial!