Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grade 2 with Trade Book Pack by Lucy Calkins. A Workshop Curriculum
Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grade 2 with Trade Book Pack
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Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grade 2 with Trade Book Pack

A Workshop Curriculum

By Lucy Calkins

Second-grade writers feel like big kids and want work that feels big and important. That’s just what they’ll get in these units. First, children learn to craft powerful true stories based on their own small moments. In the second unit, students study nonfiction texts and learn to write about science. In the next unit, kids craft persuasive arguments based on text evidence. Finally, students explore language by writing poetry in Unit 4.

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Purchase Recommendation: Choose the Grade 2 Units of Study with the Trade Book Pack (as shown in this product bundle) if your library does not already include the 4 mentor texts referenced in the Unit. If you do not need the trade book pack, purchase the Grade 2 Units of Study without the Trade Book Pack.

About the Grade 2 Units

The second-grade units are written with seven-year-olds in mind. These youngsters are chomping at the bit for something new. They feel very big now and want work that feels big and important. That’s what they’ll get—this series invites second-graders into author studies that help them craft powerful true stories, science investigations and lab reports, and finally, into some very grown-up writing about reading. Across the writing genres, children learn to understand—and apply to their own writing—techniques they discover in the work of published authors. In Lessons from the Masters: Improving Narrative Writing students learn how to create engaging narratives by stretching out small moments and writing in detail. Unit 2, Lab Reports and Science Books, uses inspirational nonfiction texts to help students design and write about experiments and other scientific information. Unit 3, Writing About Reading, has students read closely and gather evidence from texts to craft persuasive arguments. The final unit, Poetry: Big Thoughts in Small Packages helps children explore and savor language. Students learn to use line breaks to express the meaning and rhythm they intend and use visualization and figures of speech to make their writing more clear and powerful.

About the Series

Lucy Calkins and her colleagues have drawn on their work from more than three decades to develop a state-of-the-art curriculum in writing to:

  • help you teach opinion, information, and narrative writing with increasing complexity
  • foster high-level thinking, including regular chances to synthesize, analyze, and critique
  • develop and refine strategies for content-area writing
  • support greater independence and fluency
  • conduct strategic performance assessments to help monitor students’ progress and differentiate instruction
  • provide a ladder of exemplar texts that model writing progressions across grades.

Components of the Grade 2 product bundle—with New Resources!

New Resources

  • Large-Format Anchor Chart Post-it® notes—New!
  • Online Resources for Teaching Writing—New Format!
  • Online Spanish translations of important student resources—includes Spanish translations of writing samples to use with Writing Pathways, student checklists, Anchor Chart Sticky Notes, and numerous other classroom materials such as daily charts and folders. Also available are lists of Spanish-language mentor texts—New!
  • Online Video Orientations—New!

Four Units of Study

  • organized around the three types of writing mandated by the Common Core: opinion, information, and narrative writing
  • lay out 4-5 weeks of instruction (16-18 sessions) in each unit
  • include all of the teaching points, minilessons, conferences, and small-group work needed to teach a comprehensive workshop curriculum
  • model Lucy and her colleagues’ carefully crafted teaching moves and language

A Guide to the Writing Workshop, Primary Grades

  • crystallizes the essential principles, methods, and structures of effective writing workshop instruction (The Guide, now available for separate purchase, can be an essential manual for principals, curriculum coordinators, coaches, and others who are supporting implementation of Units of Study—or for anyone wanting to learn more about writing workshop).

If… Then… Curriculum

  • offers additional units of study
  • presents if/then conferring scenarios that support targeted instruction and differentiation

Writing Pathways: Performance Assessments and Learning Progressions

  • organized around a grades K-5 learning progression across opinion/argument, information, and narrative writing
  • includes performance assessments, student checklists, rubrics, and leveled writing exemplar

The Grade 2 Trade Pack includes three age-appropriate trade books that are used in the units to model effective writing techniques, encourage students to read as writers, and provide background knowledge.

  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • The Leaving Morning by Angela Johnson
  • Forces and Motion by John Graham
  • Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems by Kristine O’Connell, George and Kate Kiesler

View Now! Units of Study for Teaching Writing Video Orientations, Grades K-8

Save when you purchase related cost-saving bundles, with or without trade book packs:

Select the Grade-Level Units you need most, available both with and without the trade book packs:

With trade book packs: Kindergarten / Grade 1 / Grade 2 / Grade 3 / Grade 4 / Grade 5

Without trade book packs: Kindergarten / Grade 1 / Grade 2 / Grade 3 / Grade 4 / Grade 5 / Grade 6 / Grade 7 / Grade 8

To learn more about the Units of Study in Opinion/Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing series, visit UnitsofStudy.com