Common Core Curriculum Map: Chapter 2 - 2nd Grade

Focus Standards for Chapter 2:
RL.2.2. Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
RL.2.9. Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
RI.2.6. Identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to answer, explain, or describe.
W.2.2. Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

Howdy partner!  For chapter 2 we are traveling back in time to the Wild, Old West.  So, saddle up and come along for some fun!


The essential question for chapter 2 is "How does setting affect a story?".  Students will read books set in the Wild West.  Since the setting is much different from their life, setting will be at the forefront of their thinking.

Create a word wall of Old West words.   Reinforce collective nouns when you share stories with your class.  Here are some collective nouns signs you can download:

This book gives suggestions for integrating the Wild West theme into other subjects.  Here is an example:

Integrate:  Art & Writing 

W.2.1. Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
W.2.3. Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

Students compare the artwork of George Catlin and Edward S. Curtis.  How do the two artists' styles differ in their approach to Native Americans?

Here is an example of Catlin's work:


Here is an example of Edward S. Curtis' work:

Let your students use this page to organize their thoughts before they begin their writing assignment.

Integrate:  Music and Reading

RL.2.4. Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
SL.2.2. Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.
L.2.4. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 2 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.

This traditional cowboy ballad is great for introducing Old West vocabulary words to your students.  Ask your students to highlight or circle words from this time period while they watch and listen to Roy Rodgers sing this song.  Afterwards ask if they can infer the meaning of the words.  Add the words to your Old West word wall.  Then discuss the main idea of the song.

This is just a small glimpse of chapter two.  I recommend you getting your own copy, if haven't already done so.  You can purchase a copy of this book by clicking on the picture below:

One more Common Core tip . . . if you look at the bottom of my blog, you will see a Common Core widget.  This is a handy shortcut and it's free!  You can download your own widget by clicking here.  There is also an app for smart phones available.

This is a book study blog hop.  Each day a different blogger will share their insights about the book.  You can find out more about this book at the following blogs:

2nd Grade Overview:  Yvonne @ Sassy in Second
2nd Grade - Chapter #1:  A Season for Chapters:  Jennifer @ Best Practices 4 Teaching
2nd Grade - Chapter #2:  Me
2nd Grade - Chapter #3:  Building Bridges with Unlikely Friends:  Sally @ Elementary Matters
2nd Grade - Chapter #4:  A Long Journey to Freedom:  Mandy @ Mandy's Tips for Teachers
2nd Grade - Chapter #5:  Hand-Me-Down-Tales from Around the World: Yvonne @ Sassy in Second
2nd Grade - Chapter #6:  Taking Care of Ourselves - Me
Pacing Guide:  Jennifer @ Best Practices 4 Teaching


Unknown said...

This is interesting because I wanted to explore using different technologies in the classroom, so I will explore this widget that you posted about.

Arlene sandberg said...

Great job Michelle. You truly brought the Wild West back to Life.
LMN Tree

Yvonne Dixon said...

Super job Michelle! Thank you for the resources. Can't wait to use them.-Yvonne :)Sassy in Second

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