Each student gets a card. They are labeled by letter in the corner and there are 5 groups starting with A. (The A cards are mainly for those non-english speaking students) Laminate these and put them in your writing folders or writing notebooks. Then students follow these directions during writing time. So every student knows what to do. Every student knows how many sentences to write! There is even a place students can check off where they are in the writing process. You can pull groups to conference with to target skills by ability since they are grouped by letter or conference individually. I also threw in some common mini-lesson topics to work on in your conferencing groups. I use Lucy Calkins and Jennifer Jacobson a lot in my room.