Keys to Early Writing: Grades K-3
This professional development trains teachers to introduce basic oral and written expression skills to students in grades K-3. Participants learn best practices to address the writing requirements of state standards, use oral language to develop a foundation for written language, introduce the stages of the writing process, and teach basic text structures for the three types of writing. When Keys to Early Writing is adopted by a school or district, teachers learn a consistent instructional routine for primary grade writing skills that builds strong writers from kindergarten to grade 3. The format is a facilitated online course combining online course modules with live, virtual meetings. The bulk of your learning will take place from the content of the online course. 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 following topics are covered in this training:
- Early writing developmental stages and state standard expectations for grades K-3
- The language and literacy connection
- Using read aloud to teach print and writing concepts
- Suggestions for engaging a community of writers: collaboration, opportunities for feedback, student choice
- Suggestions for daily writing using quick writes
- How to teach sentence writing, transitions, and basic paragraph structure
- Basic text structures for opinion, informational, and narrative composing
- Stages in the writing process (think & plan, write, revise)
- Strategies for writing from sources
- Writing scaffolds, including sentence, paragraph, and multi-paragraph templates
- Writing Activity Guide (WAG) for planning K-3 writing tasks
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 Wednesday from 1:00-2:00 pm (Eastern) on these dates:
- July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5
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 August 5, 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.
Deadline for registration is June 26.
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Who Should Participate
Grades K-3 teachers, educators who provide support to struggling writers, literacy specialists and coaches, and grades K-3 administrators.