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Writing Activities for Your Second Grader
Writing allows children to express their thoughts, creativity, and uniqueness. It is a fundamental way in which children learn to think critically, organize and communicate ideas, and make thinking visible and permanent. And learning to write well helps children to be better readers!
Writing with purpose, style, and structure
Second graders are learning how to write a variety of types of compositions, including stories, reports, and letters. They write about a range of topics with the audience in mind.
Second graders are polishing a wide range of basic writing skills, including writing legibly, using capitalization and punctuation correctly (most of the time!), and moving from invented spelling to more accurate spelling.
For most, handwriting becomes automatic, so they can concentrate more on the content of their writing rather than on the mechanics.
Second graders can organize their writing to include a beginning, middle, and end. They can write a simple essay with a title and introductory sentence, provide examples and details that support their main concept, and write a concluding sentence.
They are learning how to revise own writing and offer meaningful feedback to peers about their writing.
Be a writing role model
Make sure your child sees you writing. She will learn about writing by watching you write. Talk with her about your writing so that she begins to understand why writing is important and the many ways it can be used.
Does spelling count?
With second graders, you’ll see less invented spelling and more correct spelling (especially words from a word wall or vocabulary list). A good teacher will be able to tell the difference between the misspellings that indicate normal literacy development and those that suggest a possible learning disability. If you have questions, talk to your child’s teacher or reading specialist.
Struggling with handwriting?
Handwriting involves more than just making letters on a page — it requires strong fine motor and visual-motor skills. Here are six multisensory techniques to try if your child is struggling with writing.
3 writing tips for kids who don’t like to write
Watch as an expert shares more tips for encouraging your child’s writing, including using dictation (speech-to-text) technology . (This video was produced by Understood (opens in a new window) .)
What does second grade writing look like?
Looking at Writing
See more samples of real writing from second graders in our interactive resource, Looking at Writing.
Try these writing ideas at home
Write for a reason.
Help your child see that we write for a specific purpose and audience. Here are some writing prompts to try:
- Have your child write instructions for taking care of the family pet. These will be useful as you plan your summer vacations!
- Make a shopping list before going to the grocery store.
- Write an online review of a book or an item you recently purchased or a recipe you tried.
- Talk about the presidential election and write a description of the kind of president you want.
- Find a picture in the newspaper and write an article to accompany it.
- Have your child start keeping a personal diary, a household guestbook, or a baby book for a younger sibling.
Make a journal jar
A journal doesn’t have to be a diary. It can also be a book where your child writes about ideas or answers questions, like “If you could do anything next summer, what would you choose?” A journal jar is a place to keep all those ideas and questions. Wash and decorate a wide-mouthed jar, like one that used to contain peanut butter. Then, write or print out journal prompts on slips of paper. Ask your child to pull out one prompt each day and write about it in her journal.
Play “tell me how”
In this activity your child pretends she’s writing to a space alien who doesn’t know anything about our culture. This alien does everything exactly as it’s said or written. Your child’s job is to choose an everyday task, like brushing her teeth or making a sandwich. Then, she needs to write step-by-step directions about how to do the task for the alien. When she’s done, you get to be the alien and try to follow the steps exactly as she wrote them. She may be surprised at what she left out!
Play a writing game
This turn-taking writing game is based on a classic kids’ book by Remy Charlip called Fortunately . In it, something lucky happens and then something unlucky happens. Each event is introduced by either the word “fortunately” or the word “unfortunately.” To play, take a piece of paper and write a sentence beginning with “Fortunately,” such as “Fortunately it was a sunny day. I wanted to play outside.” Pass the paper to the next player, who will add an “unfortunately” sentence, such as “Unfortunately, I had to clean my room.” Keep going until the story is too silly to continue.
Help your child write letters to relatives and friends. These may include thank you notes or just a special note to say hello. Be sure to send your child a letter or card once in awhile too so that she is reminded of how special it is to get a letter in the mail. And consider finding a pen pal for your child.
Ask your child to interview a family member about his or her life. Encourage your child to write a short biography, and include a photo or drawing, and a meaningful quote from the relative. Your child may want to share it with family members.
Encourage your child to read her stories out loud. Listen carefully with patience, and give positive feedback about her ideas and her writing!
Turn your child’s writing into books. Paste her drawings and writings on pieces of construction paper. For each book, make a cover out of heavier paper or cardboard, and add special art, a title, and her name as author. Punch holes in the pages and cover, and bind the book together with yarn or ribbon.
Encourage your child to take notes on trips or outings, and to describe what she saw, using all of her senses. This could include a description of a walk outside, a ride in a car or a bus, or other events that lend themselves to note taking.
Encourage your child to take notes on trips or outings, and to describe what she saw. This could include a description of nature walks, a boat ride, a car trip, or other events that lend themselves to note-taking.
Writing to remember
If your child likes a particular song, suggest that she learn the words by writing them down. Also encourage copying favorite poems or quotations from books and plays.
Play a game with pictures
Photos and images are great story sparkers. Do a web search and find a few interesting images. Or cut out pictures from magazines. The pictures can be realistic, such as a photo of students on a playground. Or they can be fantastical images, such as a superhero flying in space. Glue a couple images into a notebook. Then ask your child to write about one of them. You can prompt her, asking her to include what she sees, what the people are thinking, what will happen next—or just let her imagination run free.
Make an “I can” book
As your child learns to write, she’ll also be learning other new skills. Making an “I Can” book will let her practice writing skills and keep track of her other accomplishments. Staple together a bunch of blank sheets of paper to make a book. As your child reaches a new milestone, such as learning to tie her shoes or hit a baseball, she can draw a picture on a new page of the book. Younger kids can then write, “I can tie my shoes.” Older kids can write a few sentences about what they’ve accomplished.
Create a family scrapbook
A family scrapbook is a great way to save memories and jump-start your child’s writing. Use an inexpensive photo album to keep souvenirs of things you do together. This can include photos, ticket stubs, and found objects, like pretty leaves. Your child can begin by writing the date and a line about where you were and what you did. Then, you can work together to write a more detailed summary. Don’t forget to include funny or even annoying moments!
Fostering a love of writing at home
This video is from Home Reading Helper, a resource for parents to elevate children’s reading at home provided by Read Charlotte (opens in a new window) . Find more video, parent activities, printables, and other resources at Home Reading Helper (opens in a new window) .
Write, revise, and edit
Teacher Lynn Reichle and her second-grade students go on a writing adventure called the Writers’ Workshop. (From Writing and Spelling , part of our PBS Launching Young Readers series.)
More writing resources
- Mary Amato’s Tips for Parents: How to Encourage Creative Writing
- Mary Amato’s Tips for Keeping a Writer’s Notebook
- Mary Amato’s Tips for Keeping a Diary
- An Introduction to Letter Writing
- Recording Observations: Journals and Field Notes (In English and Spanish)
- Developing Writing and Spelling at Home (In English and Spanish)
- 7 Great Ways to Encourage Your Child’s Writing (In English and Spanish)
- 5 Graphic Organizers to Help Kids with Writing (in English and Spanish)
- How Writing Develops
- When Writing Is Hard (In English and Spanish)
- Handwriting: What’s Normal, What’s Not (In English and Spanish)
- Dysgraphia: What You Need to Know (opens in a new window) (Understood)
- 6 Multisensory Techniques for Teaching Handwriting (In English and Spanish)
- How Parents Can Support the Common Core Writing Standards (In English and Spanish)
- Can your second grader research and discuss a topic? (opens in a new window) (VIDEO: GreatSchools)
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These writing worksheets focus on writing short, structured texts. Students are given prompts to write expository (informative), opinion and narrative paragraphs. The focus is on the structure of the paragraphs (e.g. topic sentence followed by facts and examples).
Informative paragraphs : topic sentence, 2 facts and a conclusion
Informative paragraphs with examples : topic sentence, a fact, an example and a conclusion
Informative paragraphs with 2 examples : topic sentence, 2 facts, 2 examples and a conclusion
Opinion paragraphs : opinion statement, 2 reasons and a conclusion
Opinion paragraphs with an example : opinion statement, reason, example & conclusion
Opinion paragraphs with 2 examples : 2 reasons, both illustrated with an example
Narrative paragraphs : Writing sequentially with first, next & last
Narrative writing : A word bank helps keep the narrative sequential
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Editing practice : Correct a paragraph's grammar, punctuation and spelling
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As students progress through the education system, each grade offers more challenges. This is certainly the case with writing. What start out as a few disjointed words written down in nursery school should transition into more coherent sentences by the time kids reach second grade. Once students advance to the second grade they start to write, at least a little bit independently. This means with little to no prompts. They will often start their writing with a topic sentence and follow it with at least two supporting details. Writers at the 2nd grade level begin to understand their audience at a fundamental level and begin to write with purpose. The purpose primarily being to sway their readers towards their opinion. 2nd grade writers should have a arsenal at the ready to understand what their readers beliefs are and how to gravitate them towards their opinion in a subtle, but profound manner.
The Easy Teacher Writing 2nd Grade worksheets challenge students to unleash their inner Austen and Hemmingway. The second lesson asks students "If you could be an insect, what would you be and why." Imagination and observation come in handy for writing creative prose, which this series of lessons promotes. Fan the flames of joy for writing by getting your kids to interact with a pencil and paper and not a screen. These 2nd grade writing worksheets will encourage students to think in a creative manner and respond appropriately to prompts. The scenarios were written with students in mind. We strive to help students have fun while helping progress their writing skills.
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What scares you? Why?
My Favorite Kind of Story
What is your favorite kind of story? What kinds of characters do you like to read about? Why?
What is one classroom rule that you would like to change? How would you change it? Why?
Fun and Games
Invent a new board game. What is the object of the game? How do you play? How do you win?
If you could live anywhere and do whatever you wanted to do all day, where would you live? What would you do?
Finish the Story
The experiment went very, very wrong. First Jim turned into a chicken. Then...
Run Away Dog
Why do you think that a dog might run away from home? Write a story about a dog who is looking for a new owner.
Is That Nessy?
Look at the picture. What is the creature looking at? Why? What happens next?
Joe found himself standing in front of the class. He was the teacher! Everyone was looking at him. So he did the only thing he could do...
Finish this up: Ken missed the goal and they lost the game. He was so disappointed that ___________________.
The Greatest Cookie
You have been asked to create the world’s greatest cookie. What will you put in your cookie? Why will it be better than any cookie ever made before?
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A+ worksheet maker provides extra practice on our familiar double lines to help second grade students write with speed and neatness., supporting second graders with double lines.
Learning Without Tears’ A+ Worksheet Maker uses the same double lines and font as our handwriting student editions to promote legible writing. Students practicing correct letter formation need consistent lines to control their letter size, spacing, and placement.
In Second Grade, we recommend using our Regular Double Lines to practice print and cursive.
Providing Practice at Every Stage
To supplement our handwriting curriculum , teachers are encouraged to use activities from A Click Away , the Integrated Print and Digital Solution , and A+ Worksheet Maker to provide children with additional writing practice. This is the only worksheet maker that allows you to use the unique, easy Handwriting Without Tears font for letter formation success.
For handwriting success, use these three instructional stages to create additional worksheets appropriate for students.
Stage 1: Direction Instruction The child watches as the teacher writes then imitates. For example, model writing new vocabulary words as children imitate on their corresponding worksheet.
Stage 2: Guided Practice The child looks at the completed model of a letter, word, or sentence and copies it to match the model. Use guided practice as an opportunity to practice spelling words.
Stage 3: Independent Practice The child writes unassisted, without a demonstration or a model. Create a worksheet to practice word families by having children write rhyming words.
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59+ 2nd Grade Writing Prompts (+ Free Worksheets)
Keep on reading for a list of fun, educational and easy 2nd-grade writing prompts designed to interest any youngster.
When it comes to the 2nd grade, we all know that learning new words, spelling and legible handwriting is all-important. Bur rather than, asking students to just write their own name beautifully or to learn a list of words – could there be a more fun way of improving these skills? And the answer is yes. Through carefully thought-out writing prompts designed to peak your student’s interests, you could slowly, but surely increase your students interest in writing altogether.
Writing prompts for the second-grade students need to be detailed, and clearly state what is required. Something as simple as ‘write a short story about a dragon who loves to eat doughnuts’ – won’t cut it for most 2nd graders. You need to break this writing task down. A better prompt to give your students is, ‘write the opening sentence to a story about a dragon who loves to eat doughnuts.’ Here you are expected the child to only write down one sentence, which is a much more manageable task compared to asking the child to write a whole story.
At such a young age, developing a child’s creativity and imagination is key. Inside their little heads, they can tell great stories of fire-breathing dragons, superheroes and monsters. But putting it down on paper can be difficult for more children. Asking questions, and giving as many prompts as possible could really help the child write down their ideas, thoughts and feelings. At this point, you can worry less about sentence structure, punctuation and grammar, and encourage your child to be free with their writing!
59+ 2nd Grade Writing Prompts
This list of 2nd grade writing prompts is both fun and educational. Find the perfect writing ideas for 7 to 8 year-olds:
- What do you enjoy doing on the weekends? Try making a list of activities you do on the weekend, and pick your favourite to write about in detail.
- What is your favourite animal? What do you like most about this animal? Can you research and write down five facts about this animal?
- Complete the following sentence in three different ways: I feel sad when…
- Which weather do you prefer, sunny weather or rainy weather? Can you give at least two reasons for your answer?
- If you could make one wish, what would it be and why?
- What subject at school is your favourite? Why do you like this subject?
- Imagine that you find a baby dragon in your backyard. What is the first thing you would do with this dragon?
- Can you describe your house? Think about how many rooms it has. What does it look like on the outside? You can draw a picture of your house to go with your description.
- Complete this sentence in three different ways: When I am bored, I like to…
- Make a list of your top five favourite food of all time.
- When was the last time someone was nice to you? Who was this person? What did they do? How did you feel at the time?
- Describe the scariest monster in the world. What would it look like? How would it smell? What sorts of things does it like eating? Does it have any weaknesses?
- What was the last book you read? In this book, who was your favourite character? Which part of the book was your favourite, and which part did you not like as much? Out of 10 stars, how many stars would you give this book? 10 stars being the best and 1 star being the worse.
- Imagine you need to plan a birthday party for a friend. Make a list of things you would need for the party. And then create your own party invites. On the invites, you may want to think about the time of the party, location, food, entertainment and dress code.
- Can you make a list of five ways to help someone who is sad?
- Think about what happened yesterday. What was your favourite part of the day? And what was the worst part of the day?
- Make a list of groceries that your parents need to buy every week.
- Can you complete this sentence in three different ways: Once upon a time, there lived…
- Pick a random country in the world. Research and write down five fun facts about this country.
- Would you rather have a lot of friends or a lot of money? Can you provide a reason for your answer?
- Have you ever felt angry? If yes, can you describe the last time you were angry and the reasons why? If not, then have you seen someone else be angry? How did you feel when this person was angry?
- If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
- What are you most scared of, and why? How could you overcome this fear?
- Can you make a list of at least five words to describe yourself?
- What is the best thing about school? And what is the worst thing about school?
- What is your favourite colour? Why is this colour better than all the other colours?
- When was the last time you went to a park? Can you describe some of the activities you did while there?
- Why is eating breakfast important? Can you list three benefits of eating a good breakfast meal?
- Write a thank you letter to someone that you love. This could be a parent, a friend, a teacher or a sibling. What is the nicest thing they have done? How have they helped you?
- What is your favourite game to play in the playground? Can you explain one rule in this game? How does someone win in this game?
- Can you describe a tree in great detail? Look outside your window or find a picture of a tree. Using this image, describe the way this tree looks, its colours and shape.
- If you could have one pet, what animal would you choose and why?
- Imagine you find a secret door in your house. When you open this door, the first thing you see is…
- Which season is your favourite, Winter , Spring , Summer or Autumn? Why is this season your favourite?
- What is your dream job? Imagine in 20 years or so, what job do you want to be doing? What makes this job interesting?
- Complete this sentence in at least three ways: When I grow up, I will…
- Make a list of five things in your house that begin with the letter, ‘S’. Which one of these things is your favourite and why?
- When was the last time you learned something new? For example, learning to draw, or playing a new sport. Who taught you this skill? Was it difficult to learn?
- What is the most boring thing in the world? Think about some things that you hate doing. Why is this so boring?
- What is your favourite song to listen to, and why? Can you remember any of the lyrics? Try writing down your favourite line in the song.
- Can you remember a recent dream that you had? What do you remember seeing in this dream? Do you remember any sounds or voices?
- Write down some simple step-by-step instructions on how to make your favourite sandwich.
- Which holiday from the following list is your favourite: Christmas, Easter or Halloween? Can you explain your answer?
- What was the most recent movie you’ve seen? Did you enjoy this movie? What was your favourite part of the movie? And what was your least favourite part? Out of 10 stars, how many stars would you give this movie? 10 stars being the best and 1 star being the worse.
- Write down at least three things that you love about your family.
- Would you rather live on a pirate ship out at sea, or in a treehouse in a magical forest? Explain your choice.
- Can you remember a time when you felt embarrassed? What happened? Why did you feel this way?
- Pick one planet from the solar system, and write down five facts about this planet.
- Why do you think that sleeping is important? What happens when someone does not get enough sleep?
- What is the first thing you do when you come home from school or when school ends?
- If you were in charge of school lunch, what food would you serve? Create your own lunch menu.
- Would you rather have a dragon as a best friend or a magical wizard? Explain your choice.
- If someone was getting bullied at your school, what would you do?
- Complete the following sentence in three different ways: In my spare, time I love to…
- When was the last time you cried? What made you cry? What could you do to cheer yourself up when you are upset?
- Imagine that you meet a talking turtle at the seaside. What questions would you ask this turtle? What would the turtle say to you?
- Can you describe a dragon in detail? What powers does it have? What does it look like? Think about its weaknesses and what its name could be?
- What was the last present or gift you received? Who gave you think gift? How did you feel when you received it?
- Research and write down at least five fun facts about your own city or town. You could even create a leaflet about your town or city
- Imagine you turned into a cat. What kind of things would you do as a cat? Try writing a day in the life story of a cat’s life.
Free Printable: 2nd Grade Writing Prompts PDF Worksheet
This printable 2nd-grade writing prompts worksheet is great for your students. Print out and hand over to your students to keep in their own time! We have included some of the prompts from the list above in this PDF, with images to help visualise each prompt:
Did you find this list of 2nd grade writing prompts helpful? Let us know in the comments below!
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