Your students will be setting goals and improving their writing independently with this editing and revising checklist. In my classroom, I introduce one writing skill at a time. The skill then becomes part of our editing and revising checklist. With each new skill comes a specific way they have to mark up their writing to prove they are incorporating new skills in their writing. When they finish a draft, they know they can go to the edit and revise checklist and start going down the list, ensuring that their writing is the best it can be.
Read more about my process for using this tool on my blog- http://www.happylittleheartsblog.com/2016/03/how-to-make-your-students-better-writers.html
First, they edit by checking for capital letters and underlining them in yellow, and circling punctuation in yellow. If they notice they aren’t finding many capitals and periods, that signals to them that they need to add them! Then they revise by checking the verbs they used and making sure their verbs are vivid, not simple and boring. They make purple zigzags underneath vivid verbs that enhance their writing. You get the idea. =)
Marking up their drafts with specific markings then helps us to goal set when we confer. We take notice together of skills that their writing is lacking, and put a sticky note with their initials right up on the edit and revise wall next to their goal. They become so determined to meet their goals this way because they are clear, concise, and attainable.
A small personal version is included also! This is great for kids who are not close to the skill cards on the wall, they can be laminated and items checked off with a dry erase marker.
I hope this is helpful for you and your students!
Writing skills included in checklist-