The Key Comprehension Routine: K-3 (Live Virtual)

Keys to Literacy Event

Training Dates are November 19 & December 17!


Live, Virtual Professional Development

This professional development presents evidence-based instructional practices for teaching K-3 students basic comprehension skills using existing classroom materials. Teachers learn how to use oral language, visuals, and read-aloud to provide grade-appropriate instruction that can be incorporated during core reading and subject-area instruction. Adoption of The Key Comprehension Routine across K-3 grades provides a consistent set of introductory comprehension skills as students move from grade to grade. The format is a facilitated online course combining online course modules with live, virtual meetings.

The training will be delivered by a Keys to Literacy expert trainer using Zoom Meeting video conferencing in real-time. Assorted interactive Zoom features will be used during each session, including breakout rooms, to enable an engaging virtual professional learning experience.

Training Description

The following topics are covered in this training:

  • Oral language: how to use oral language and a rich language environment in the classroom to improve listening comprehension, a necessary precursor for reading comprehension
  • Text structure — sentences: how to analyze text for read aloud and reading that contains complex sentences and how to build syntactic awareness
  • Text structure paragraphs: how to use knowledge of paragraph structure to support comprehension
  • Text structure: building awareness of the difference between narrative and informational structures
  • Categorizing and main idea skills: expanding basic categorizing into main idea skills and identifying main ideas during read aloud and reading
  • Top-down topic webs: introduction to a flexible, foundational graphic organizer to organize verbal or written information
  • Two-column notes: introduction to a format that teaches the difference between main ideas and details
  • Retell and summary: using retell to organize and describe the events from a story, and using basic summary to analyze text to identify the most important ideas
  • Question generation: students learn that thinking can occur at different levels from easy to difficult through an introduction to question generation using Bloom’s Taxonomy

These strategies and instructional practices have been identified consistently in the research literature as most effective for improving student comprehension and are highly aligned with state literacy standards.

 Daily Schedule

The online participation schedule will be as follows (times are EDT):

8:45-9:00 Sign in, extra help with Zoom Meeting

9:00-10:30 Session 1 (90)

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Session 2 (90)

12:15-12:45 Lunch

12:45-2:00 Session 3 (75)

2:00-2:15 Break

2:15-3:30 (75)



In order to maximize participants’ online experience, each offering will be limited to the first 35 people to register.

*Registrations received after October 30 cannot be guaranteed a book in time for the training.


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Who Should Participate

All teachers grades K-3, educators who provide support to struggling readers, literacy specialists and coaches, and administrators.


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The Key Comprehension Routine: K-3 (Live Virtual) (November 19-December 17, 2020: Virtual)
November 19-December 17, 2020: Virtual
$ 280.00


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.

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