Keys to Early Writing: Grades K-2 Facilitated Online Course

Keys to Literacy Event

Meeting Dates are January 20, January 27, February 3, February 10!


Keys to Early Writing: Grades K-2 Facilitated Online Course

This professional development focuses on writing instruction for students in grades K-2. Participants learn developmentally appropriate best practices for teaching beginning writing to young students. The format is a facilitated online course combining online course modules with live, virtual meetings.

Training Description

The following topics are covered in this session:

  • Writing Basics: K-1 writing development, role of handwriting and spelling
  • Teaching Principles: explicit instruction, gradual release of responsibility, oral language as a foundation, using mentor text, differentiation and scaffolding
  • Engaging a Community of Writers: writing environment, teachers as model writers, peer collaboration, conferencing
  • Stages of the Writing Process: introducing students to a think/plan/write process, developmentally appropriate revision strategies, teacher and peer feedback
  • First Steps – Drawing, Labels, Lists: drawing as a form of composing, illustration study, word labels and lists, spelling and word development stages
  • Syntax, Sentences: basic sentence parts, four types of sentences, sentence frame scaffolds, activities to develop syntactic awareness (sentence scramble, sentence elaboration, sentence combining)
  • Paragraph Writing: paragraph structure, paragraph writing practice activities, paragraph scaffolds, patterns of organization, transition words and phrases
  • The Three Types of Writing: instructional suggestions for teaching and practicing opinion, informational, and narrative writing
  • Writing from Sources: instructional suggestions for introducing students to skills needed to compose from sources

About the Format

This is a facilitated online course that combines our online course with four, weekly, hour-long virtual meetings facilitated by a KTL trainer (using Zoom Meeting). Total time to complete the training is approximately 20 hours (4 hours live meetings, 16 hours online course). The Keys to Early Writing online course is organized into modules that include interactive activities, readings, and video clips that enable you to master the content and instructional practices. Each week you will complete 1 to 2 modules – you may log in at any time to work through the modules at your own pace. During the live virtual meetings, the trainer will be available to answer your questions about the content in the online course and pose questions to help you plan how to incorporate the teaching strategies in your classroom. The live virtual meetings are scheduled every Thursday from 6:30-7:30 pm (Eastern Time) on these dates:

  • January 20, January 27, February 3, February 10

Registering for this training assumes that you will attend the four, live virtual meetings.  However, in case you miss a meeting due to extenuating circumstances, the meetings will be recorded for later viewing.

The last virtual meeting will be on February 10, but you will have access to the online course for a year.

Each course registration comes with a training book that will be mailed to the address you include when you register. PLEASE NOTE that there may be a delay in shipping your book if you do not register with the correct mailing address.


Registrations received after January 7 cannot be guaranteed a book in time for the training.


View a Printable Brochure/Registration Form or Register Below

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  • If you cancel 3 days or more prior to training, you will be issued a full refund.
  • No refunds will be issued for "no shows" or cancellations within 72 hours of training.
  • Substitutions accepted.

Who Should Participate

Grades K-2 classroom teachers and grades 3-4 educators who work students who have difficulty with writing.



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During this time period when onsite, face-to-face training and coaching is not possible, we offer multiple options for accessing our literacy PD content and instructional practices.

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