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Second Grade

Looking at Writing: Second Grade

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Second graders are polishing a wide range of basic writing skills, including writing legibly, using capitalization and punctuation correctly (most of the time!), and moving from invented spelling to more accurate spelling. For most, handwriting becomes automatic, so they can concentrate more on the content of their writing rather than on the mechanics. 

Second graders can organize their writing to include a beginning, middle, and end. They can write a simple essay with a title and introductory sentence, provide examples and details that support their main concept, and write a concluding sentence.

Select the writing sample links at left to view real examples of second grade writing at different skill levels

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What does 2nd grade writing look like?

Can your 2nd grader write a short informational essay?

Can your 2nd grader research and discuss a topic?

Classroom strategies

Informal assessment