J. Richard Gentry
Author, Educator, Speaker
Best 21st Century Practices
for Kid Writing in
Kindergarten and First Grade
Session time is flexible; full day recommended; may be extended to 2 days or more
What are the best practices for developing emerging writers (and readers!) in kindergarten and first grade? This power packed hands-on workshop brings kid writing into the 21st century.
Phase Observation and Kid Writing treat literacy as global development based on how children process reading and writing rather than testing and teaching skills in isolation. The spotlight is on formative assessment and targeted teaching allowing for more input from the teacher for monitoring each child’s literacy development and improving student outcomes in order to align with district and state requirements and common formative assessment expectations.
Step One: Draw-Your-Story or Draw-Your-information
Step Two: Kid Writing – Guided Phonics-Based Spelling
-Stretching Through with a Moving Target
-The Magic Line
Step Three: Adult Writing: Teacher Publishing for Reading and Rereading
Step Four: Focused Mini-Lessons, High Frequency Words, Handwriting
Step Five: Quick Share
Step Six: Publication for motivation and success
Resource (Just released May 2017):
Feldgus, E., Cardonick, I., & Gentry, J.R.(2017).
Kid Writing in the 21st Century:
A Systematic Approach to
Phonics, Spelling, and
Los Angeles, CA: (Hameray Publishing Group)