Second Grade


Southern Lehigh School District

Grade Level Benchmarks for Writing

Grade 2


Types of Writing




Quality of Writing

Ideas and Content

Uses text to express a clear message focused on a specific event or topic (a small moment)

             Uses multiple sentences to add details connected to the topic



Writes in a logical/sequential order, including a recognizable beginning, middle and end

Writes a topic/main idea sentence (Begins by restating the prompt)

Writes a closing sentence (Restates the topic sentence in a new way.)

Writes two or more supporting details sentences related to the topic

Uses appropriate connecting words and transitions to link ideas



            Uses capital and lower case letters accurately

Uses periods, exclamation points, and question marks accurately

Uses commas in dates and addresses

Spells First and Second Grade “No Excuse Words” correctly

Spells many words correctly

Uses complete sentences, which include simple subject and simple predicate, to convey thoughts

Experiments with difficult conventions (e.g. quotation marks, ellipses, dashes, parentheses)


Word Choice

Uses precise, interesting and natural words to create a picture in reader’s mind


Sentence Fluency

Uses complex sentences

Uses compound sentences


Writing Process







*Items bolded are new benchmarks for this grade level.