2nd Grade Comp Skills

Thinking Within the Text

Thinking Beyond the Text

Thinking About the Text


  • Notice and remember facts, concepts or ideas from text
  • Provide an oral summary of a text
  • Notice and remember events of a story in sequence
  • Notice and understand the problem of a story and how it is solved
  • Self-monitor understanding and ask questions when meaning is lost
  • Notice and derive information from pictures
  • Recognize new meanings for known words using content
  • Recognize and actively work to solve new vocabulary words
  • Add new vocabulary words to known words and use them in discussion
  • Follow multiple events in a story to understand the plot

  • Bring background knowledge to understanding characters and their problems
  • Make connections to prior knowledge
  • Infer characters’ intentions or feelings
  • Infer characters’ feelings and motivations from description, what they do or say, and what others will think about them
  • Interpret illustrations and discuss how they make the reader feel
  • Use evidence from the text to support predictions (I think…because…)
  • Support thinking beyond the text with specific evidence based on personal experience or knowledge or evidence from the text
  • Predict what will happen after the end
  • Make connections to other texts by topic, major ideas, authors’ styles, and genres
  • Specify the nature of connections
  • Think about and interpret the significance of events in a story
  • Relate important ideas in the text to each other and to ideas in other texts.
  • Recognize and identify some aspects of text structure, such as beginning, events in sequential order, most exciting point in the story, and ending
  • Discuss the characteristics of the work of some authors and illustrators
  • Notice the writer’s use of language (for example, word choice)
  • Notice similarities and differences among texts that are by the same author or are on the same topic
  • Talk about the connections between the illustrations and the text
  • Recognize how the writer or illustrator has placed ideas in the text and in the graphics
  • Form and state the basis for opinions about authors, illustrators and texts (and tells why)
  • Understand fiction as stories that could be real and fantasy as stories that could not be real
  • Understand biography as the story of a person’s life
  • Compare different versions of the same story, rhyme, or traditional tale
  • Use specific vocabulary to talk about texts: author, illustrator, cover, wordless picture book, picture book, character, problem, solution, series book, dedication, endpapers, book jacket, title page, chapters, resolution, main characters, setting, fiction, nonfiction, informational book, literary nonfiction poetry

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