These Writing Conference forms for editing sentences, paragraphs, and full essays are different than most out there. They target specific skills by providing the editing rule and several examples on individual 4” x 5” sheets. Teachers can use these as no prep checklists for conference notes; students can use them during peer editing or to check their own work for specific errors; and they can be sent home so students know what their focus is.
Included in this ready-to-go resource are forms for each of these editing skills:
-commas in simple, compound, and complex sentences
-punctuation in dialogue
-commonly misspelled words
-rules for adding prefixes and suffixes to base words
-one tab per skill for organizing and dividing each type of editing card
-There are also many ideas on the Teachers' Notes page.
These writing conference reminders have changed everything for us. Here’s how they work:
1)Either read rough drafts before class or during one-on-one conferences with students.
2)Then attach one of these individualized, ready-to-go reminders to their work, and send students off to edit.
Repeat with the next student.
Now you can both easily remember what his/her editing focus was. What did you need to send each student off to work on? It’s so easy to remember when they’ve got a card to show you during your next conference. Or...write which reminder card you gave a student in your writing conference binder. That's it. What's so important is now they’ve each got little notecard-sized examples to remind them WHAT and HOW to edit in his/her own area of weakness.
Other huge advantages/ways to use these reminders:
1) Put the reminders on color-coded paper, and now when you look around the room to monitor, you can see which skills need to be retaught or reviewed.
2) Give more precise feedback without spending hours writing detailed notes on essays.
3) Send them home for homework, and students can work on what is troublesome to him/her specifically.
This means no more explaining and re-explaining, reminding and re-reminding. YAY
Enjoy your more focused and confident writing class!