English Language Arts 2 central concepts are reading, writing, spelling, speaking, and listening. This year, students begin to transition from learning to read to reading to learn. In this course, students continue to develop their phonemic awareness by learning to recognize word families, word origins, and irregularly spelled words. They also begin to use linking words to connect opinions and reasons and time-order words to signal the order of events. While reading, students work to distinguish fact from opinion, decipher an author’s reason, and identify the main topic of a multi-paragraph text. Students sample multiple genres of literature, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, folktales, and fables, while exploring story elements such as plot, setting, characterization, and the author’s point of view. They also learn to distinguish between the main idea and the theme of a story. Students develop their writing skills by composing narrative, persuasive, and informative essays, as well as creative writing pieces. Additionally, they practice their research skills by finding facts in multiple sources and using them to produce a science report. Students use a dictionary to reinforce phonetic punctuation and spelling and to identify words with multiple meanings. This course includes a printed Parent and Teacher Guide that will help you support your student’s learning.