Grade Level Reading Expectations - Second Grade

Making Meaning at Text Level

  • Recognizes more specialized vocabulary and figurative language
  • Makes inferences from illustrative and textual details
  • Understands the importance of the sequence of events or information
  • Recalls specific events, ideas, or information to explain meaning or reaction to text
  • Recognizes a number of characters, incidents, and scene changes within a text
  • Considers text more critically
  • Shows awareness of characterization and in oral reading and responses
  • Responds to text in more varied ways
  • Distinguishes between the features of fiction and nonfictional material
  • Summarizes text or content of illustrative material for a specific purpose
  • Locates information in a range of texts and illustrations to answer problems or pursue a topic
  • Compares forms and writing and illustrative styles
  • Reads orally with expression, reflecting personal interpretation of text

Making Meaning at Word Level

  • Uses increasing knowledge of letter clusters, syllabification, affixes, roots, and compound words for identifying and/or confirming words
  • Shows awareness of multiple meanings of some words
  • Uses dictionaries and glossaries to check meaning and spelling

Making Meaning Using Context

  • Identifies and uses adverbs, homonyms, and similies
  • Uses table of contents and index to locate information
  • Integrates strategies of meaning, structure, and letter-sound relationships, almost automatically, focusing on text detail when meaning is lost

Reading Attitudes and Behaviors

  • Meets new challenges with confidence, usually using a variety of strategies
  • Makes time to read for pleasure
  • Initiates own reading for information as well as pleasure and often returns to continue reading or to locate specific section
  • Describes reactions to books and considers ideas of others
(Information, task, career)
Text Features
New to Grade Level
  • Narrative, folktales, legends
  • Plays
  • Nonfiction texts should include technology
  • Articles
  • Dictionaries
  • Maps
  • Informational posters
  • Chapter headings
  • Pie charts / bar graphs
  • Acknowledgements
  • Blurbs
  • Index
  • Narrative - realistic, fantasy, traditional
  • Recount
  • Songs
  • Letters
  • Diaries
  • Rhymes
  • Poetry
  • Nonfiction texts should include science, social studies, math, the arts, health and fitness
  • Procedural
  • Exposition
  • Recount
  • Reports
  • Question and Answer
  • Labels
  • Captions
  • Story maps
  • Charts
  • Cover information
  • Title page
  • Table of contents
  • Glossary
  • Diagrams
  • Maps and map keys