Want your students to remain focused on their writing goals? Use this handy list of targets!
The goals that are already there are geared towards kindergartners but this can edited for use in any grade!
Give each student one goal to focus on at a time. This goal should be agreed upon you and the student together during a writing conference. You can write the goal in and have the student read it back to you. Each time the student reaches that goal independently during writing time, they can color in one piece of the target. After several days, when the student has demonstrated that goal 4 times, the target is completed and the student is ready to move onto the next goal.
After a student finished a target, I would announce, "_____ has finished her target!" and the whole class would clap and cheer. My students were highly motivated by this.