Are you using the Teacher College writing curriculum like so many others? We are too.
I’m currently teaching 7th grade, and after the students write their literary analysis (companion book) essay, I have them write a reflection.
Students still use the checklists (in this case informational). I’ve just taken it one step further.
The reflections are rewarding to read. This is where you get to see that you really have made a difference as students will often write about how much you helped them and how much they have learned.
Further, reflecting on your writing is the best way to grow as a writer. (But you knew that.)
*This assignment is best completed digitally, but it can easily be printed for students without computers.