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Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2

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Written by Lisa Molengraft
Cover design by Ka-Yeon Kim-Li
Interior illustrations by Mark Mason
Interior design by Quack & Company
ISBN-13 978-0-545-20078-3
ISBN-10 0-545-20078-4
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Introduction

One of the greatest challenges teachers and parents face is helping children develop independent writing
skills. Each writing experience is unique and individualized, making it each child’s responsibility to plan,
expand, and proofread his or her work. However, the high-interest topics and engaging exercises in
this book will both stimulate and encourage children as they develop the necessary skills to become
independent writers. This book uses these strategies to introduce grade-appropriate skills that can be used
in daily writing assignments such as journals, stories, and letters. Like a stepladder, this book will help
children reach the next level of independent writing.

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Table of Contents
You’re Sharp! (Capitalizing sentence
beginnings).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Stick With It (Capitalizing sentence
beginnings).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
A Whale of a Sentence (Punctuating
statements).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
That Sounds Fishy to Me (Writing statements).. . . . 7
Ask Mother Goose (Punctuating questions).. . . . . . . . 8
Ask the Wolf (Writing questions). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Is Your Head in the Clouds? (Punctuating
statements and questions).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Sunny Sentences (Capitalizing/punctuating
statements and questions).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Camp Fiddlestick (Writing statements
and questions).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
A Happy Camper (Proofreading statements
and questions).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
A Day at the Beach (Punctuating
exclamations).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Seashore Sentences (Writing statements,
questions, and exclamations).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Building Blocks (Building sentences).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Keep Building! (Building sentences).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Get Your Ticket! (Building sentences).. . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Slide Show (Building sentences).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Mystery Bags (Brainstorming
descriptive words). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Country Roads (Writing descriptive words).. . . . . . . . 21
It’s in the Bag (Adding descriptive words).. . . . . . . . . 22
City Streets (Writing descriptive sentences). . . . . . . 23
Football Frenzy (Expanding sentences). . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
(Expanding sentences).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Cake and Ice Cream (Combining sentences). . . . . . . 26
Salt and Pepper (Combining sentences). . . . . . . . . . . 27
Great Gardening Tips (Combining sentences).. . . . . 28
Growing Sentences (Combining sentences).. . . . . . . 29
The Sky’s the Limit (Using commas in a series).. . . . 30
Up, Up, and Away (Using commas in a series).. . . . . . 31
Out of This World (Proofreading).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Smart About Saturn (Proofreading).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Banana-Rama (Choosing the correct verb).. . . . . . . . 34
An Apple a Day (Choosing the correct verb).. . . . . . 35
Stories of Nature (Completing a
sequenced story).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Nestled in a Nest (Writing a sequenced story).. . . . 37
Stories on Parade (Writing the middle
and end of stories).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
An Original Story (Writing the beginning,
middle, and end of a story).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Once Upon a Time (Mapping a story:
The setting).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
All Kinds of Characters (Mapping a story:
The characters).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
That’s a Problem! (Mapping a story:
The problem).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Good Solution! (Mapping a story:
The solution). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
The Mighty Knight (Writing a story
from a map).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
A Story Fit for a King (Mapping and writing
a story).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
The Father of Our Country (Proofreading).. . . . . . . 46
Presidential Pen Pals (Writing a friendly letter).. . . 47
Answer Key.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

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we Study We study about the weather. Our class our Class 4 won the reading contest. Circle the words that show the correct way to begin each sentence. many Of Many of my friends are in second grade. Our teacher our Teacher keeps a fish tank in our classroom.Capitalizing sentence beginnings Name You’re Sharp! A sentence begins with a capital letter. Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 Copyright © Scholastic Inc. the reading . helps us find places around the world. The reading the globe The globe center has many good books.

Capitalizing sentence beginnings Name Stick With It A sentence begins with a capital letter. 2. we ___________________________ form the clay into balls. Write the beginning words correctly to make a sentence. today we ___________________________ are making clay pots. first. art class ___________________________ begins at noon. 3. 1. 6. my teacher ___________________________ dries the pots. 4. the next ___________________________ step is to make a hole in the ball. Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 5 . 5. next week ___________________________ we will paint the pots. Copyright © Scholastic Inc.

Punctuating statements Name A Whale of a Sentence A telling sentence ends with a period (. even dinosaurs were not as large as the blue whale 3. 1. blue whales eat tiny sea creatures 6. the blue whale has no teeth 5. blue whales have two blowholes 6 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 Copyright © Scholastic Inc. . Rewrite the sentences using capital letters and periods. the blue whale is the largest animal in the world 2. blue whales are not part of the fish family 4.).

1. ________________________________________________________________________ 3. ________________________________________________________________________ 5. eel swordfish clownfish pufferfish angelfish sailfish catfish The swordfish has a long snout. ________________________________________________________________________ 7. ________________________________________________________________________ Copyright © Scholastic Inc. ________________________________________________________________________ Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 7 . ________________________________________________________________________ 6. ________________________________________________________________________ 4. Write a sentence about each fish. Remember to tell a complete idea. 2.Writing statements Name That Sounds Fishy to Me A telling sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a period.

. could the three mice see Copyright © Scholastic Inc. What . Where . . . . It often begins with one of these words. When . will the frog become a prince ________________________________________________________________________ 5.Punctuating questions Name Ask Mother Goose A sentence that asks a question ends with a question mark (?). who helped Humpty Dumpty ________________________________________________________________________ 3. Rewrite the questions using capital letters and question marks. Who . . . . why did the cow jump over the moon ________________________________________________________________________ 4. ________________________________________________________________________ 8 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 . 1. . . Could . Why . . . Will . . where is the king’s castle ________________________________________________________________________ 2. . .

. ________________________________________________________________________ 3. ________________________________________________________________________ 2. Should .Writing questions Name Ask the Wolf An asking sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with a question mark (?). . ________________________________________________________________________ 2. Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 9 . . It often begins with one of these words. 3. How Did Can 1. . . Is . Did . . . ________________________________________________________________________ Copyright © Scholastic Inc. . What questions would you ask him about Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs? Use a different beginning word for each question you write. . Would . . . ________________________________________________________________________ Pretend that you are the Big Bad Wolf. . How . Write a sentence on another sheet of paper to answer each question above. ________________________________________________________________________ Is Should Would 1. Imagine that you can meet the Big Bad Wolf. Can .

Clouds can look like cotton balls. Do you know what makes a cloud form in the sky 3. An asking sentence ends with a question mark (?). Rain.Punctuating statements and questions Name Is Your Head in the Clouds? A telling sentence ends with a period (. sleet. Dark clouds may bring thunderstorms 5. 10 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 Copyright © Scholastic Inc. Why don’t we see clouds every day 8. feathers. Finish each sentence by putting a period or a question mark in the cloud at the end. Can you imagine pictures in the clouds 7. Have you ever seen dark clouds on rainy days 4. or blankets 2.). 6. snow. Write them on another sheet of paper. White clouds drift across the blue sky . 1. and hail may fall from clouds Find two telling sentences and two questions in one of your favorite books.

Rewrite each sentence correctly. Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 11 . Ask a friend to circle the mistakes. An asking sentence ends with a question mark (?).). will the sun ever burn out ________________________________________________________________________ On another sheet of paper. the sun is a ball of hot gas ________________________________________________________________________ Copyright © Scholastic Inc. A telling sentence ends with a period (. write a sentence with two mistakes.Capitalizing/punctuating statements and questions Name Sunny Sentences Every sentence begins with a capital letter. the sun is the closest star to Earth ________________________________________________________________________ 2. the sun is not the brightest star ________________________________________________________________________ 3. 1. how large is the sun ________________________________________________________________________ 6. what is the temperature of the sun ________________________________________________________________________ 4. 5.

________________________________________________________________________ 3. ________________________________________________________________________ 2.Writing statements and questions Name Camp Fiddlestick A telling sentence is called a statement. ________________________________________________________________________ 2. ________________________________________________________________________ 1. 12 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 Copyright © Scholastic Inc. An asking sentence is called a question. Count the number of questions and statements in the song. Statements: 1. ________________________________________________________________________ Sing “Where is Thumbkin?” to yourself. Now ask yourself: How do sentences begin? How do statements end? How do questions end? Write three statements and three questions about the picture. ________________________________________________________________________ 3. Questions: .

________________________________________________________________________ 4. I really miss you? Love. camp is so cool? today we went swimming? do you know what the best part of camp is. Dalton Copyright © Scholastic Inc. ________________________________________________________________________ 3. Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 13 . Now choose two questions and two statements from Dalton’s letter. Circle them. A statement ends with a _____________________. Uh oh! Dalton was in a hurry when he wrote this letter. Include two statements and two questions. write a letter to a friend or family member. Help him find 10 mistakes. ________________________________________________________________________ 2.Proofreading statements and questions Name A Happy Camper Complete: Every sentence begins with a _____________________. 1. ________________________________________________________________________ On another sheet of paper. A question ends with a _____________________. Dear Mom and Dad. i think fishing is my favorite thing to do. did you feed my hamster. Rewrite each correctly.

or an exclamation point in the shell at the end. a question mark. It is windy near the seashore 12. Don’t step on that starfish 11. Do you want to build a sandcastle 8.Punctuating exclamations Name A Day at the Beach A sentence that shows strong feeling or excitement is called an exclamation. It ends with an exclamation point (!). For example: Look at that shark! Finish each sentence by putting a period. Watch out for that jellyfish 7. Did you see that sailboat . I see a sand crab! How does your voice change? 14 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 Copyright © Scholastic Inc. Did you bring the beach ball 3. Should we put up an umbrella Read these sentences: I see a sand crab. 9. Where did I leave my sunglasses 5. 1. Mom put snacks in the beach bag 6. Look at the size of the waves 4. The sun is bright today 10. I wonder if Jamie will be at the beach today 2.

Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 15 .Writing statements. questions. and an exclamation about a cartoon in the newspaper. S Q E S Copyright © Scholastic Inc. a question. A _____________________ ends with a question mark. write a statement. Q E On another sheet of paper. Write a statement (S). and exclamations Name Seashore Sentences Complete: A _____________________ ends with a period. An _____________________ ends with an exclamation point. and an exclamation (E) about each picture. a question (Q).

This is called the action. 3. 3. ______ is too full. This is called the subject. 2. On another sheet of paper. 1. 1. 2. ______ jumped the fence.Building sentences Name Building Blocks A good sentence has a part that tells who or what the sentence is about. 16 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 Copyright © Scholastic Inc. 3. 3. 2. A good sentence has a part that tells what happens. . Make a list of possible actions to complete each sentence. 2. Make a list of possible subjects to complete each sentence. 1. We ______ on the playground. 1. The cowboy ______ on his horse. make a list of five subjects you would like to write about.

The wind blew . The paint bucket spilled ________________________________________________. The door leads __________________________________________________________. Copyright © Scholastic Inc. 2. 3. 2. 1. 5.Building sentences Name Keep Building! Some sentences have a part that tells where or when the action is happening. 6. 1. For each sentence. The baby tripped 1. Complete each sentence. The firefighter __________________________________________________ into the fire truck. make a list of possible endings that tell where or when the action happens. The crowd ______________________________________________________________ at the circus. . ______________________________________________________________ was never seen again. 4. 3. __________________________________________________________ made us laugh last night. 3. 2. Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 17 .

________________________________________________________________________ Find a cartoon in the newspaper. ________________________________________________________________________ 3. Be sure to include a subject. and a part that tells where or when. 1. 18 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 Copyright © Scholastic Inc. A boy climbs a tree in his backyard. an action. and a part that tells where or when. ________________________________________________________________________ . an action. 2. Use the pictures to write a sentence on another sheet of paper.Building sentences Name Get Your Ticket! Write a sentence to match each picture. Be sure to include a subject.

Building sentences Name Slide Show A sentence is more interesting when it includes a subject. ________________________________________________________________________ subject action where or when 2. Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 19 . subject action where or when 1. and a part that tells where or when. an action. subject action where or when 3. Write three sentences and draw pictures to match. ________________________________________________________________________ Copyright © Scholastic Inc. ________________________________________________________________________ Switch the sentence parts around to make three silly sentences! Write the sentences on another sheet of paper.

smells. or tastes. Can he or she guess the mystery object? 20 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 Copyright © Scholastic Inc. Place an object in the bag and give describing clues to someone at home.Brainstorming descriptive words Name Mystery Bags Describing words help you imagine how something looks. Make a list of words that describe the object in each bag below. _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ _____________________ Use a paper sack to make a real mystery bag. sounds. feels. .

write three sentences describing your favorite place to visit. orange thirsty cold shallow muddy funny fat On another sheet of paper. 6.Writing descriptive words Name Country Roads A good sentence uses describing words to help the reader “paint a picture” in his or her mind. 2. 4. Add a describing word from the list to finish each sentence. _______________________ carrots grow in three the _______________________ garden. 1. A _____________________ scarecrow frightens the ____________________ birds. The _______________________ cows drink from the _______________________ pond. The _____________________ chicken laid _____________________ eggs in her nest. Two _______________________ pigs sleep in the _______________________ pen. 5. lazy black 3. The _______________________ barn wooden sunny keeps the _______________________ animals warm at night. Copyright © Scholastic Inc. Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 21 .

3. 7. The ________________________ ocean waves crashed against the rocks. How did the ________________________ worm get on the sidewalk? 4. The ________________________ snow cone melted quickly. Is the ________________________ salamander hiding under the rock? 12.Adding descriptive words Name It’s in the Bag Describing words make a sentence more interesting. Add a describing word to each sentence. My friend’s ________________________ dog has fleas! 2. 22 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 Copyright © Scholastic Inc. The ________________________ ball broke a window at school! 6. 5. The ________________________ ball was hard to catch. Ask someone at home to make a mystery bag and give you clues about the object inside. Are the ________________________ apples ready to be picked? 11. 9. The two ________________________ squirrels chased each other up the tree. 8. 10. The ________________________sand felt good on my feet. . 1. My ________________________ skin itched from poison ivy. The ________________________ popcorn is in the big bowl.

Write a statement (S). and an exclamation (E) about the picture. Q ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ E ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Describe a “mystery object” to a friend. a question (Q). Use each of the following describing words: fast busy crowded S ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ Copyright © Scholastic Inc.Writing descriptive sentences Name City Streets A good sentence uses describing words. Can he or she guess what you are describing? Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 23 .

We are meeting _____________________ _____________________. Let’s eat _____________________ and _____________________ before the game. The word to make the sentence ball game starts soon . They were also there . Let’s eat this and that before the game.Expanding sentences Name Football Frenzy A sentence is more interesting when it gives exact information. 6. We are meeting her there . 4. I hope _____________________ score _____________________ points. 2. Replace each more exact. . He played a good game! _____________________ played a _____________________ game! 24 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 Copyright © Scholastic Inc. soccer now The _____________________ game starts _____________________. _____________________ were also _____________________. 1. 5. 3. I hope they score some points.

Finish each sentence so that it answers the 1. ________________________________________________________________________ Copyright © Scholastic Inc. ________________________________________________________________________ 2. A man sings the “Star-Spangled Banner” when. when. The fans arrive in what. Be sure to tell who plays the game with you. The team is excited because why. ________________________________________________________________________ 5.Expanding sentences Name Take Me Out to the Ball Game A sentence is more interesting when it gives complete information. Flags are flying where. ________________________________________________________________________ 3. Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 25 . write a sentence about your favorite game. The players get to the stadium question. ________________________________________________________________________ On another sheet of paper. The fans cheer for whom. ________________________________________________________________________ 7. The ball is hit where. 6. ________________________________________________________________________ 4.

The cake frosting was green. 5. We made a clay pot. We ate cake. ________________________________________________________________________ 4. We ate ice cream. The party was exciting. ________________________________________________________________________ 26 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 Copyright © Scholastic Inc. We blew up red balloons. The party was fun and exciting. The cake frosting was yellow. Rewrite the sentences by combining their endings. We made a bookmark. We brought prizes. We blew up orange balloons. The party was fun.Combining sentences Name Cake and Ice Cream Two sentences that share the same subject can be combined to make one sentence by using the word and. ________________________________________________________________________ 3. ________________________________________________________________________ 6. ________________________________________________________________________ . We brought games. 1. ________________________________________________________________________ 2.

The second graders eat lunch at noon. The first graders eat lunch at noon. Copyright © Scholastic Inc. Rewrite the sentences by combining their subjects. These peanuts are salty! These pretzels are salty! These peanuts and pretzels are salty! ________________________________________________________________________ 2. ________________________________________________________________________ 5. The forks are on the table. ________________________________________________________________________ 3. The napkins are on the table. ________________________________________________________________________ Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 27 . Where is the salt? Where is the pepper? ________________________________________________________________________ 4. Michael bought lunch today. Stephen bought lunch today. Are the muffins in the oven? Are the cookies in the oven? ________________________________________________________________________ 6.Combining sentences Name Salt and Pepper Two sentences that share the same ending can also be combined to make one sentence. 1.

Do not add too much. The seeds soak in water. I will plan my garden. Write a new sentence. Bury the seeds in the cup. and ________________________________________________________________________ 2. but ________________________________________________________________________ 6. Fill a cup with dirt. Add water to the plant. I will plan my garden while I am waiting for spring. The dirt covers them. 1. so ________________________________________________________________________ 28 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 Copyright © Scholastic Inc. while ________________________________________________________________________ 4. I am waiting for spring. Add some flower seeds. They are hard. This will soften the seeds.Combining sentences Name Great Gardening Tips Sentences can also be combined to make them more interesting. The plant will grow. Combine the two sentences using the key word. ________________________________________________________________________ . Key words can help put two sentences together. because ________________________________________________________________________ 3. Set the cup in the sun. until 5. Fill a cup with water.

because_______________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 4. ________________________________________________________________________ 6. until _ __________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 3. 1. Use the given key word to help you. or ______________________________________________________________________ Copyright © Scholastic Inc. I watch TV while my mom makes  lunch. and ____________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ On another sheet of paper. during. write a combined sentence of your own using one of these key words: after.Combining sentences Name Growing Sentences Sentences can be combined to make them more interesting. Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 29 . but_____________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 5. while___________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ 2. Write a combined sentence of your own. before.

list three objects that fly. and ______________________ for breakfast. ______________________. three.Using commas in a series Name The Sky’s the Limit Some sentences include a list. The boys played ______________________. A comma (. 6. 3. and ______________________ in my party bag. For example: Mrs. We stayed with Grandma on ______________________. Watch for commas! 1. . On the other side. and _____________________. 5. ______________________. and ______________________ nights. and four.) is used to separate each item in the list. Fill in the blanks to make a list in each sentence. 30 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 Copyright © Scholastic Inc. ______________________. I ate ______________________. ______________________. The pigs built their houses using ____________________. and ______________________ at summer camp. On one side. ______________________. 2. Jones asked the class to work on pages two. The ______________________. and ______________________ ate the corn we scattered. I found ______________________. _____________________. write a sentence that lists these objects. Cut a balloon out of paper. 4.

write a sentence that lists colors or shapes of balloons. _______________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________ Copyright © Scholastic Inc. bread peanut butter jelly spelling reading math 3. A comma (. coat hat gloves 1. Write a sentence that includes a list of the words that are given. _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ birds flowers butterflies On another sheet of paper. and Away Some sentences include a list. Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 31 . Up. _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ 4. ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ 2.) is used to separate each item in the list.Using commas in a series Name Up.

v On another sheet of paper.Proofreading Name Out of This World After you write a sentence. Sometimes I can see mars Jupiter. v 7. and Saturn with my telescope. i think I saw a alien. = Add a period. ! = Add a comma. There are stars in our galaxy v 3. is there life on any other planet 6.) 1. v 4. = Add a word. Ask someone at home to proofread your sentences. . 2. The sun is really a star v 5. (Write a describing word in the box. = Add an exclamation point. comets are pieces of ice and rock. Use the proofreading marks to correct the two mistakes in each sentence. ? . This is called proofreading your work. go back and look for mistakes. write two sentences about space with two mistakes in each. mars = Make a capital letter. = Add a question mark. can you imagine traveling in space . Is he or she correct? 32 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 Copyright © Scholastic Inc. Look at that shooting star 8.

Then rewrite the report.Proofreading Name Smart About Saturn Be sure to proofread your work. Be sure to proofread it when you are done. The rings circle around the planet! Saturn is made of gas? saturn’s gases are lighter than water That means Saturn would float if you put it into a tub of water Saturn has at least 17 moons _____________________________________________________________________________ Copyright © Scholastic Inc. _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ On another sheet of paper. write a short report about your favorite planet. Matthew’s science report has nine mistakes. Add at least two describing words to the report. Use proofreading marks to correct his work. Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 33 . Saturn by Matthew Saturn is famous for the rings that surround it? its rings are made of ice. rock and dirt.

was 3. saw brought 7. Have you _____________________ my dog? much seen 9. We _____________________ our winter boots. Rosie _____________________ cookies to the bake sale. Claire _____________________ her lizard to school. You _____________________ supposed to finish your work. took Copyright © Scholastic Inc. were seen 4. 10.Choosing the correct verb Name Banana-Rama Color the word that is missing from each sentence. There _____________________ frost on the ground. 1. We _____________________ standing near a snake! brang gots has are were seen wore saw weared gonna going 13. 5. We _____________________ a spelling test yesterday. How _____________________ elephants are at the zoo? 6. _____________________ your cat climb trees? Do Does 14. taked brought . brang Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 is was 12. They _____________________ a pig in the mud. 2. Alyssa _____________________ a new pair of skates. Is she _____________________ to come over? 34 many saw 8. Tommy _____________________ the Statue of Liberty. 11.

Draw an apple around it and write the correct word on the line. How many pennies do you got? ________________________ 8. Jason runned to the playground. ________________________ 9. ________________________ Copyright © Scholastic Inc. The kids was having fun. Drew gots a dinosaur collection.Choosing the correct verb Name An Apple a Day Find the word that is incorrect in each sentence. Be sure each sentence uses correct words. Mara taked her dog for a walk. ________________________ 7. and an exclamation describing the apple. We is going to see the movie. a question. I does my homework after school. write a statement. ________________________ 6. Then on another sheet of paper. How much do that cost? ____________________ 11. Did you saw the soccer game? ________________________ 10. ________________________ 4. I seen the sea lion show at the zoo. ________________________ Eat an apple. Laura brang a snack to camp. 3. Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 35 . Kelly brang her cat to school! ________________________ 12. ________________________ 5. 1. ________________________ 2.

3. First: Two birds build a nest. 1. 3. 2. 1. Finish the stories by writing a sentence about each of the last two pictures. Next:_ ______________________________________________________________________ Last: ________________________________________________________________________ 36 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 Copyright © Scholastic Inc. Next:_ ______________________________________________________________________ Last: ________________________________________________________________________ 2.Completing a sequenced story Name Stories of Nature Sentences should be written in the correct order to tell a story. . First: A flower bud grows.

Writing a sequenced story Name Nestled in a Nest Write a sentence about each picture to make your own story. Read your story to a friend. Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 37 . Copyright © Scholastic Inc.

B A group of horses stopped right in front of us. a middle (M). M Next. 38 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 Copyright © Scholastic Inc. On another sheet of paper. . B Some clowns were riding motorcycles. M Next.Writing the middle and end of stories Name Stories on Parade Stories have a beginning (B). E Finally. E Finally. Write a middle sentence that tells what happens next. B A big balloon got loose in the wind. E Finally. and an end (E). five funny clowns jumped out of a purple bus. E Finally. Then write an ending sentence that tells what happens last. draw a picture of a parade that shows what is happening in the stories you wrote. M Next. B During the parade. M Next.

Write another story and draw a picture for each part. Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 39 . and ending sentence to make a story of your own. middle. The Best Birthday Ever King for a Day My Dog’s Dream The Magic Rock First: _________________________ _____________________________ B _____________________________ _____________________________ Next: ________________________ _____________________________ M _____________________________ _____________________________ Copyright © Scholastic Inc.Writing the beginning. Last: _________________________ _____________________________ E _____________________________ _____________________________ Staple three sheets of paper together to make a book. and end of a story Name An Original Story Choose a story idea from the list. middle. Then write a beginning. Color a picture to match each part.

Mapping a story: The setting Name Once Upon a Time The setting of a story tells when or where it is happening. setting characters problem solution It was a hot morning in the desert. describe the setting of your favorite movie. __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ On another sheet of paper. __________________________________________________ . 40 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 Copyright © Scholastic Inc. Imagine that you are writing a story for each picture below. How will you describe the setting? Write a sentence describing each setting.

Write a describing sentence about each character. setting characters problem solution __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ Copyright © Scholastic Inc. Write three words that describe each of them. make a list of four people you know well. Some characters are likable and others are not. Now you have four characters to use in your next story! Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 41 . Be sure to give each character a name. Cross out the four names and write animal names instead.Mapping a story: The characters Name All Kinds of Characters The people or animals in a story are called characters. __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ On another sheet of paper.

________________________________________________________________________ 2. Think about each character in the sentences below. setting characters problem solution 1.Mapping a story: The problem Name That’s a Problem! To make a story exciting. Gabby could not wait to bite into her apple. Barney Bass had never seen such a big worm! ________________________________________________________________________ 42 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 Copyright © Scholastic Inc. ________________________________________________________________________ . ________________________________________________________________________ 5. Ben smacked the baseball into the air. Jesse was supposed to wear shoes outside. Beauty Butterfly was enjoying the warm spring day. one of the characters often runs into a problem. ________________________________________________________________________ 3. What could happen that would make a problem for that character? Write the next sentence creating a problem. 4.

______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ On another sheet of paper. make a list of three problems you have faced. but he did not like recess. setting characters problem solution David and his dog. Write an ending solution for each. Spot. ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Josh loved second grade.Mapping a story: The solution Name Good Solution! At the end of a story. but they were always taken. David whistled for Spot to jump in his bed. day. but Spot did not come. were best friends. Josh’s class was always the last one out to the playground. This is called the solution. David whistled and whistled. At bedtime. Every Copyright © Scholastic Inc. Josh ran to get a swing. How did you solve each problem? Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 43 . Read the beginning and middle parts of the stories below. They went everywhere together. the problem is usually solved. One winter night.

and solution. Write a sentence about each part of the map to make a story.Writing a story from a map Name The Mighty Knight A story map helps you plan the setting. 44 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 Copyright © Scholastic Inc. _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Read your story to a friend. _____________________________________________________________________________ . problem. characters.

_____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Turn your story into a puppet show! Perform your puppet show for someone at home. Complete the map. Then use it to write a story “fit for a king. Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 45 .” _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ Copyright © Scholastic Inc.Mapping and writing a story Name A Story Fit for a King Use a story map to help plan your story before you begin writing.

= Add a period. write a letter to today’s president. = Add a question mark. 46 Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 . go back and look for mistakes. .Proofreading Name The Father of Our Country After you finish writing. . Copyright © Scholastic Inc. ? On another sheet of paper. The White House address is: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington.C. 20500. = Add a comma. mars = Make a capital letter. ! = Add an exclamation point. Use the proofreading marks to correct eight mistakes in the letter. D.

_________________________________. (greeting) ___________________________ (today’s date) ____________________________________________________________________ (body) ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ Copyright © Scholastic Inc. and signature. closing. Be sure to proofread your work for mistakes.Writing a friendly letter Name Presidential Pen Pals A friendly letter has five parts: the date. ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ___________________________. body. Use the five parts to write a letter back to George Washington. (closing) ___________________________ (your name) Scholastic Success With Writing • Grade 2 47 . greeting.

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