Jackson Elementary School

Reading/Writing

Reading

We use Reading Street, published by Scott Foresman as our reading curriculum. This program was adopted in the 2008-2009 school year.   It is a fully integrated reading and language arts program, including phonics, vocabulary, grammar, spelling, writing, proofreading, and supported by various types of literature.  High-quality trade-book literature can be found in the two anthologies the children use.  New vocabulary, reading skills and strategies are introduced in each story.  Graphic organizers, practice book pages and supplemental worksheets are assigned to further practice and increase the children's decoding and comprehension skills.  Students will also have many opportunities to work in small groups.  Some activities they may complete during this time include literacy centers and guided reading instruction.  The children will also participate in activities such as listening to reading, reading with a partner, reading to self, writing, responding to reading, and spelling/word work.  Additionally about every six weeks students will take an on-line assessment that gages their reading growth thus far.  This information will help us tailor reading instruction to best meet your child's needs and help you discover ways to encourage and promote reading growth at home.

Writing

Writing is daily  in second grade.  Second graders are becoming confident in their ability to write and spell the words they use.  Students will be using the integrated writing curriculum within the Reading Street program which incorporates the 6 Traits of Writing:  Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, and Conventions. Students will also practice using their spelling resources, grammar and research skills, graphic organizers, proofreading/editing skills, and word processing skills.  Students will practice writing creatively and also in the three forms of writing:  Narrative, Persuasive, and Expository  using the writing process.