Video Courses

Teaching Writing to K-3

IACET Accredited
0.2 CEUs 1.5 Training Hours

Developed with expert contributor Dr. Margie Gillis of Literacy How. This course provides a research-based framework for teachers to ensure that their students become competent writers in early elementary school. Teachers learn the processes and skills their students need to write fluently. Teachers also learn methods for effective writing instruction.

100% Free
Time to complete
Provides a
Certificate of Training
Recommended for
  • K-3 educators
  • K-3 administrators
  • K-3 stakeholders 
By the End of This Course You’ll Be Able To
  • Teachers will learn about the processes and skills needed for fluent writing.  
  • Teachers will be able to identify the most impactful instructional practices to ensure that their writing instruction is meaningful, engaging and effective for their students. 
  • Teachers will be able to implement the basics of effective writing instruction in their classrooms. 
Why It Matters

Three-quarters of both 12th and 8th graders lack proficiency in writing, according to the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP, 2017). Writing is a critical skill for our students’ self-expression and self-actualization. We know from decades of research how students learn to write and what and how to teach so that the majority of our students can be successful. 

How it Works

  • Learn at Your Own Pace

    You don’t have to finish the course all in one sitting. In fact, we recommend you take this course a little bit at a time, incorporating what you’ve learned in the classroom.

  • Earn IACET CEUs

    In order to pass and receive IACET CEUs for this course, you will first need to complete all the lessons, then complete the end of course assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

  • Free Guided Resources

    As you go through a course, we’ll introduce you to free resources that will help you implement what you’re learning.

  • Never Learn Alone

    Have a question on what you’re learning in the course or how to use a resource? Reach out to the Cox Campus community for advice or to lend a helping hand to others.


  1. Lesson 1

    Writing Lesson 1: Introduction to Teaching Writing

     Duration 22  minutes
    In this lesson you will learn about the complex factors behind your students’ writing development.
  2. Lesson 2

    Writing Lesson 2: How to Teaching Writing

     Duration 21  minutes
    In this lesson, you will learn the HOW of teaching writing with a research-based approach.
  3. Lesson 3

    Writing Lesson 3: What to Teach

     Duration 37  minutes
    In this lesson, you will get a handle on the essential writing skills you need to teach.
  4. Lesson 4

    Writing Lesson 4: Writing Instruction in Practice

     Duration 14  minutes
    In this lesson, you will think through how to implement research-based writing instruction in your classroom.
  5. Lesson 5

    Teaching Writing to K-3 End of Course Assessment

     Duration 15  minutes
    In this lesson, you will take the end-of-course assessment. You must score 80% or higher to pass the assessment and receive your certificate of completion.

Your Facilitator

Sara Quinn
K3 Content Specialist
Sara is a literacy specialist, curriculum developer, and artist who teaches some amazing kids at Westside Atlanta Charter School. She is a contributor to Rollins’ Content Development Team for online learning courses for Cox Campus.

Success Stories

  • "I get excited with teachers when we observe students using Tier 2 words spontaneously in their conversations."
    Pre-K Coach, Consultant, & Speech-Language Pathologist
  • "I have learned so much to take back to my classroom. I’m using these learning experiences to help strengthen the language of each child and I see a difference each day in the children’s language."
  • "I enjoy learning new ways to interact with children and to help them become the best they can be and be able to succeed in life to the fullest."


The Cox Campus is the digital outreach platform for the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy. Our team is composed of experienced teachers, early learning and language experts, neuroscientists, school leaders, speech language pathologists and authorities in adult learning and curriculum design to give all children access to the Science of Reading to change the odds for all children.

The Rollins Center, of the Atlanta Speech School, in some cases, may allow an instructor, facilitator, content editor or a subject matter expert or consultant with proprietary interests to conduct professional development activities at Rollins events, provided that appropriate disclosure of such interest is made. Disclosure of proprietary interest will be made on course material and at the beginning of the course/learning event, when applicable.