Year 2 Writing

General
  • Here’s a great site to bookmark for all your graphic organizing needs and questions. What is a Graphic Organizer?
  • If you would like to make personalized graphic organizers, click here.
  • This site can be used as you are teaching and reviewing parts of speech. You’ll find matching, concentration, flash cards, and a word search.
  • Click here for another grammar game.
  • Daily Grammar Excellent site!
  • Make online crossword puzzles here. These are great for reviewing vocabulary!
  • Play Word Games
  • At the right is a picture one of our users sent in of the sentence pocket suggested in Marcia’s introductory notes. Click on the picture to see all the details up very close!

SAT Preparation:

Evaluations and Rubrics:

  • Great link for evaluating writing for grades 2-5. This is an interactive rubric for the student to use as a checklist.
  • Click here to evaluate writing for grades 6-8. Another great interactive student checklist!
  • Click here to develop rubrics automatically! Show your student his grading rubric (or better yet, have him develop one) before he starts his project or writing assignment!
Unit 1 – The Middle Ages

Week 1: Twilight of the Western Roman Empire

Week 2: Byzantine Empire & the Eastern Orthodox Church

Week 3: Byzantine Empire & Rise of Islam

Week 4: The Making of Medieval Europe: Charlemagne

  • Levels 4-5: Want to use level-appropriate sentences from the Bible for dictation? Click here.
  • Levels 4-12: If you are beginning to learn or review prepositions this week in grammar, click here for a crossword puzzle that will reinforce this knowledge.
  • Levels 4-12: Preposition word search

Week 5: Developments During the Viking Age

Week 6: Medieval Life: Feudalism

Week 7: The High Middle Ages

Week 8: The Mongols, Marco Polo, and the Far East

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Week 9: The Reshaping of Medieval Europe

Week 10: Early Lights of the Reformation

Unit 2 – Renaissance & Reformation

Week 11: Introduction to the Southern Renaissance

Week 12: The Southern Renaissance & the Early Explorers

Week 13: The Southern Renaissance & the Age of Exploration

  • Level 1: Need more practice on capitalization or punctuation? Click here for more worksheets.
  • Level 6: Venn diagram
  • Level 9: Instructions for creating an outline.

Week 14: Spanish Dominion & the New World: Aztecs & Incas

Week 15: The Northern Renaissance & Its Scholars

Week 16: The Reformation: Martin Luther & the German States

Week 17: Reformation in Switzerland, England, & Scandinavia

Week 18: Counter Reformation, French Huguenots, & the Netherlands

Week 19: Elizabethan England & the Scottish Reformation

Unit 3 – Of Crowns & Colonies

Week 20: Early New World Colonies & Eastern Europe

  • Level 1: Cluster diagram (pdf file)
  • Levels 2-4: Very simple story map (pdf file)
  • Level 2: Sample Aesop’s fables to print/show students before beginning their fables.
  • Great site: all the Aesop’s Fables you’ll ever need! All ages, but supervision is recommended. (We’ve not previewed this entire site, and it seems that stories from other sources are also posted.)
  • Another source from which you can read/download/print a free copy of Aesop’s fables.

Week 21: Puritans in New England

  • Level 1: Cluster diagram (pdf file)
  • Level 2: Sample Aesop’s fables to print/show students before beginning their fables.
  • Great site: all the Aesop’s Fables you’ll ever need! All ages, but supervision is recommended. (We’ve not previewed this entire site, and it seems that stories from other sources are also posted.)
  • Another source from which you can read/download/print a free copy of Aesop’s fables.
  • Levels 3, 6, 9: Learn how to write plays from the Scholastic website.
  • Level 4: Very simple story map (pdf file)

Week 22: Charters, Creeds, & the English Civil War

  • Level 1: Cluster diagram (pdf file)
  • Level 2: Sample Aesop’s fables to print/show students before beginning their fables.
  • Great site: all the Aesop’s Fables you’ll ever need! All ages, but supervision is recommended. (We’ve not previewed this entire site, and it seems that stories from other sources are also posted.)
  • Another source from which you can read/download/print a free copy of Aesop’s fables.
  • Levels 3, 6, 9: Learn how to write plays from the Scholastic website.
  • Level 4: Very simple story map (pdf file)
  • Level 10: Biography (review for high schoolers)

Week 23: Restoration Colonies & the Age of Louis XIV

  • Level 1: Cluster diagram (pdf file)
  • Level 2: Sample Aesop’s fables to print/show students before beginning their fables.
  • Great site: all the Aesop’s Fables you’ll ever need! All ages, but supervision is recommended. (We’ve not previewed this entire site, and it seems that stories from other sources are also posted.)
  • Another source from which you can read/download/print a free copy of Aesop’s fables.
  • Levels 3, 6, 9: Learn how to write plays from the Scholastic website.
  • Level 4: Very simple story map (pdf file)
  • Level 10: Biography (review for high schoolers)

Week 24: Dissenters in America & the Age of Reason

  • Level 1: Cluster diagram (pdf file)
  • Level 2: Excellent site that you’ll use all through your book report mini-unit
  • Level 3: Describing Wheel (pdf file), Very simple story map (pdf file)
  • Level 3: Sample Aesop’s fables to print/show students before beginning their fables.
  • Great site: all the Aesop’s Fables you’ll ever need! All ages, but supervision is recommended. (We’ve not previewed this entire site, and it seems that stories from other sources are also posted.)
  • Another source from which you can read/download/print a free copy of Aesop’s fables.

Week 25: Colonists & Native Americans

  • Levels 1, 6: Cluster diagram (pdf file)
  • Level 3: Sample Aesop’s fables to print/show students before beginning their fables.
  • Great site: all the Aesop’s Fables you’ll ever need! All ages, but supervision is recommended. (We’ve not previewed this entire site, and it seems that stories from other sources are also posted.)
  • Another source from which you can read/download/print a free copy of Aesop’s fables.

Week 26: Empires at Odds

  • Level 1: Cluster diagram (pdf file)
  • Level 3: Sample Aesop’s fables to print/show students before beginning their fables.
  • Great site: all the Aesop’s Fables you’ll ever need! All ages, but supervision is recommended. (We’ve not previewed this entire site, and it seems that stories from other sources are also posted.)
  • Another source from which you can read/download/print a free copy of Aesop’s fables.

Week 27: Thirteen Established Colonies

Unit 4 – Age of Revolutions

Week 28: Shaping Influences on Colonial Culture

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Week 29: French & Indian War

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Week 30: Give Me Liberty!

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Week 31: First Battles for Independence

  • Levels 3, 6, 8, and 10: Upper levels especially will find this site on meter helpful during your poetry unit

Week 32: Waging the Revolutionary War

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Week 33: America under the Articles of the Confederation

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Week 34: Writing the Constitution

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Week 35: Federal Republic & French Revolution

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Week 36: Perilous Times: The Adams Administration

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