This common core aligned journal paper is absolutely ideal for emerging writers. The expectations are clearly displayed on the paper. One sheet has a checklist in the top right corner, the other has stars instead of checks; choose which one you'd like. For each check/star that the students complete, they can self-assess by coloring a star at the bottom of the page. The next page is for you to make the journals double-sided for those kiddos who like to write a lot!
Lastly, I created a poem to introduce the concept of "Five Star Writing."
Wonderful for a writing center or to use for daily writing journals!! :)