Kid Writing: Teacher Resources

Kid Writing is designed to accelerate the reading and writing skills of young learners through structured activities that help teachers individualize instruction and develop students’ phonics, spelling, and writing skills. This balanced writing approach complements a balanced reading approach and includes three components: Writing for Children; Writing with Children; and Writing by Children.

The Kid Writing process was first developed in Philadelphia in the 1990’s by PhilWP Teacher Consultants Eileen Feldgus and her colleague Isabel Cardonick, former teachers in the School District of Philadelphia.

Their published work, Kid Writing in the 21st Century: A Systematic Approach to Phonics, Spelling, and Writing Workshop (Feldgus, Cardonick, & Gentry, 2017), is written for teachers who are interested in implementing Kid Writing in the classroom.

Below are videos to accompany the printed book. The page numbers referenced below are specific pages in the book related to the video clips.

Overview of the Kid Writing Process

Kid Writing as a tool for learning (3.28)

Kid Writing in the Classroom

A Principal's Perspective on Kid Writing

How to Draw and Write your Story

Ways to Support Beginning Writers

Components of the Kid Writing Process

#1 Draw your Story is the first step in the Kid Writing process. (p. 22) (7:37)


#2 Guided phonics and stretching out sounds. (9:45)

  • Part 1- Guided phonics: easy and hard sounds (p. 29)
  • Part 2 -Stretching through with a moving target (p. 31)

#3 After listening to a child's story, the adult writes the story conventionally. (p. 24) (5:12)


#4 Mini lessons: The teacher uses children’s actual writing as the basis for teaching and learning phonics and broader literacy skills. (pp. 40-57) (8:33)

  • Part 1 - Kindergarten mini lessons and the magic line (p. 33)
  • Part 2 - Using word chunks (p. 48)

#5 More kindergarten and first grade classroom examples. (pp. 40-57) (5:25)


#6 Modeled writing: Using teacher write alouds on large chart paper is part of instructional mini-lessons. (pp. 40-57) (3:41)


#7 Interactive guided writing: Sharing the pen with the child as part of the teacher mini-lesson. (pp. 40-57) (3:56)


#8 Setting up the classroom environment. (pp. 88-125) (5:37)