Course Name

Dr. Michael Murdock

In this course, students will learn the basic building blocks of the English language including rules of spelling and syllabication using seventy-eight Spalding phonograms; parts of speech; and simple, compound, and complex sentence construction. Students are instructed in Spalding manuscript and the beginning of the school year and introduced to Spalding cursive in the second half of the school year. In addition, students are introduced to narrative, informative, and narrative-informative text and exposed to fine literature in all genres. Instruction is given in the use of effective reading strategies to increase comprehension. Students are taught to monitor their comprehension, make connections within the text, predict the type of text, reformat the text to recall key elements, and summarize the text by stating a main idea. Elements of good writing are introduced. Activities and assignments in spelling, reading, and writing are clearly modeled and demonstrated to help the student gain proficiency.

Course Details

Course Objectives

  • Second graders will develop an understanding of the sounds of individual letters and combinations of letters in daily practice. Second grade has a strong focus on phonemic awareness and phonics.
  • Students will learn and use Spalding spelling rules, strategies, and practice spelling words and demonstrate proficiency on spelling tests.
  • Second grade includes a focus on developing and practicing Spalding cursive writing skills.
  • Students will learn basic grammar concepts and proper language usage and understand how to construct sentences and use language effectively.
  • Students will work on developing reading comprehension skills. This involves understanding and interpreting a variety of texts, making predictions, and drawing conclusions.
  • Second graders will engage in various writing activities, such as writing sentences, short paragraphs, or stories. They will apply the spelling and grammar rules they have acquired.


  • Spelling Notebook
  • 1st Person Narrative
  • 3rd Person Narrative
  • Comparison and Contrast
  • Poetry
  • Letters
  • Thank you letter
  • Hamburger paragraphs
  • Informational writings

The school will provide the following literature books for the students to read: 

  • Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, Hiawatha. (ISBN:  0-14-055882-9);
  • Spyri, Johanna, Heidi. Helen B. Dole trans.  (ISBN:  0-448-40563-6);
  • Selected poems from Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, and Eugene Field;
  • Henry, Marguerite, Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin.  (ISBN:  0-9705618-0-6);
  • Benjamin Franklin. (ISBN:  0-9643803-9-0)