Second-grade students will be immersed in a print-rich environment filled with fiction and nonfiction selections. Students will learn to use a combination of strategies when reading to enhance comprehension and will read selections with fluency, accuracy, and expression. Students will expand their vocabulary by listening and speaking in classroom discussions. Second graders will write stories, letters, and simple explanations, while applying simple grammatical principles to writing; and locate information in reference materials. All aspects of literacy will be taught through a balanced literacy framework for instruction, enabling all students to become independent and strategic readers, writers, thinkers, and communicators.