Often parents and teachers are most concerned about students reading and math scores. Writing, in my opinion, is just as important of a subject.
Here is a collection of second grade written work and the common strengths of second grade writing.
2nd Grade Writing
I have to admit, kindergarten writing is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE because the kids grow by leaps and bounds in the writing area and you can visually see their progress. By second grade, the change isn’t quite so pronounced, yet still fascinating to me.
I love reading my 7 year old’s daughters formal and informal writing. It is like peeking into her brain.
So what does 2nd grade writing look like?
They write stories with a clear beginning, middle and end. Dialog is often used along with correct spelling and punctuation (also referred to as conventions). Spelling errors should be at a minimum by second grade.
Second graders also write for a variety of purposes. To persuade, entertain, and inform.
Second graders start to use stronger vocabulary words and more detailed descriptions in their writing.
Best of all, second graders are able to start research projects. Here is one my seven year old worked on at home as an extra credit project. She read 3 sources on Poison Dart Frogs, wrote the facts down on little note cards, and then wrote her report.
The kids also made shoe box dioramas and spoke about their research project to their classmates.
Additional Writing Resources for 2nd Graders
- Story Writing with Stickers
- Ways to Keep Writing Fun
- Reading and Writing Connection with Ways to Support Your Child’s Writing
- Writing and the 6+1 traits of Writing with Links to Printable Rubrics
- Kindergarten Writing
- Tips for Writing with Kids at Home
- Tips for Becoming a Better Creative Writer
- 10 Tips to Help Build Your Child’s Writing Skills
Natalie PlanetSmartyPants says
I was very interested to read through the samples, since our girls are in the same grade and work on very similar things. Your daughter's handwriting seems a lot more fluid, ours is legible, but sort of laborious, and, if she rushes, it gets very sloppy. But the type of writing, the length, and even the spelling is so very much alike 🙂
Should second graders be expected to write 5 page stories and then revise and rewrite them? Each page has 15 lines.