This unit involves practically all the reading, writing, and communicating standards for second graders published by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). It is directly linked to the following standards:
1. Fluent reading depends on specific skills and approaches to understanding strategies when reading literary text.
– Interpret the intended message in various genres (such as fables, billboards, web pages, poetry, and posters).
– Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral. (CCSS: RL.2.2)
– Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud. (CCSS: RL.2.6)
– Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures. (CCSS: RL.2.9)
2. Exploring the writing process helps to plan and draft a variety of literary genres.
– Write simple, descriptive poems.
– Use a knowledge of structure and crafts of various forms of writing gained through reading and listening to mentor texts.
– How are different literary genres different in form and substance?
– Parents like to read fairy tales to their children before they go to bed.
– The ability to read and understand poems and fictional stories will assist in building metacognition, which will aid in comprehending harder text.