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English Language Arts Second Grade Unit: Friendly Letter Writing Comprehension Strategies Stage 1 – Desired Results
Established Goals: • Students will demonstrate competency in the writing process. • Students use a variety of strategies to gain meaning from grade level texts. Big Ideas: Enduring Understandings: students will understand that: • Letters are a way of written communication • Letters have parts • Commas have special places in a friendly letter • Facts and opinions have differences

Why do I need to know how to correctly write a letter?

Essential Questions: • What are ways of written communication? • When you are reading, how do you know the difference between fact and opinion?

Knowledge:
Students will know... (NOUNS) • How to use the details in a story to make an inference . • How to use the details in a picture to make an inference . • How to make inferences about current issues. • How to use inferences in a story to comprehend better. • How to identify facts and opinions in a story.

Skills:
Students will be able to... (VERBS) Write a letter to a family member and mail it. Write a letter to Emily using facts from the letter to make her realize it is really fiction. Determine which character tells facts and which character tells opinions. Distinguish fact and opinion after reading the story “Justin’s Alligator”.

Stage 2 – Assessment Evidence
Performance Tasks: Constructed Response : Other Evidence: Technology Connections: United Streaming Video:
Employees at Work Moving the Mail: Postal

2 Selected Response : Letter writing activities accompanying the lesson outlined in daily plans. Informal/Self-Assessment : Label and check letter parts .

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