Keys to Early Writing

Keys to Literacy Event

This event has been cancelled due to school closures.

This 2-day 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 Common Core standards, use oral language to develop a foundation for written language, introduce the stages of the writing process, and introduce basic text structures for the three types of writing.

Training Description

The training addresses the three types of writing (argument, informational, narrative). Participants receive sample writing templates, graphic organizers, and checklists.

  • Early writing developmental stages and Common Core 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

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. This PD lays the foundation for instructional practices from Keys to Content Writing that are used in grades 4-12.

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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.


We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and the impact on our employees and the schools where we provide professional development.

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.

If you are a current or new partner, explore our website or contact us to learn more about: