Writing: Rule of Three in Modules

Focus Area: EL Education

Instructional Coaches, Teachers

Phase: Planning

Available July 2024


The EL Curriculum is designed the curriculum with the principles of Writing for Understanding at its core. The Rule of Three is a framework that sets students up for success by offering high levels of support at the beginning of a writing experience and then gradually releasing students to successfully write independently. In this Modules Planning workshop, participants will define the rule of three, explore examples in the curriculum that support students to analyze a model and write a practice piece in preparation for independent writing and plan for the rule of three in an upcoming unit and lesson.


I plan for Module lessons based on curriculum supports and student needs.


  • 3 hours
  • Participants will need a computer with Internet access

Learning Experience

  • Define the Rule of Three Framework and how it supports gradually releasing students to write independently
  • Explore EL Education curriculum resources to see how the Rule of Three is integrated throughout units and lessons to give students an opportunity to analyze a writing model, engage in writing practice, and write high quality pieces independently
  • Build a plan for an upcoming unit and lesson utilizing the Rule of Three