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Second Grade Experts
You might be surprised to know that second graders at Antioch are experts on a variety of topics. These kids are writing about topics they are already an authority on. They write about their own experiences with the topic and then use sources to fill in the gaps. They use mentor texts to see and understand how other authors set up their nonfiction texts and how the various text features can be laid out. These writers use some of the strategies they are familiar with from the personal narrative unit like show not tell. This is where writers teach their reader through development of the topic instead of just listing ideas. They revise throughout instead of just at the end. They check on spelling, punctuation and use transition words.
Some of our students were excited to share their thoughts about their nonfiction writing. Julian in Ms. Rossman’s class shared, “I am excited to share and teach others about fun stuff I like.” Remi from Ms. Steed’s class told , “I enjoy talking about our topics and writing work we can publish.” Ella, a student of Ms. Aalborg, said, “I get to write about a very interesting animal.” Sophia, Ms. Sherwin’s student mused, “I like writing because I’m writing about baseball and I like to watch sports.” And Aidan, Ms. Gray’s student reported, “I’m writing about birds in the rain forest because my grandma is a retired bird watcher.”
Written by: Alice Sherwin, second grade teacher
Posted: Oct 29, 2014 by Kimberly Kovach