As an English teacher, I have my students write daily. Sometimes they are doing quick writes, or journals, or rough drafts... and I was tired of students asking how long should the writing be, or if they had to put their names on the paper, or if they had to use examples, or what point of view should be used. I was tired of them looking for what I wanted - what I wanted was for them to invest in what they were writing, to care, to MEAN what they wrote.
I developed this acronym/rubric/standard that essentially covers just about ANY writing situation. In my classroom, this idea of "writing like you MEEAN it" has helped create a culture of taking ownership for writing, whether the writing is "collected" or not. It sets up the expectations I have for every piece of writing, no matter how "big" or "small."
I printed copies of this and gave one to each student. I told them they could keep it in their writing section of their notebooks. But you know what? I see that most of them have put it in the cover of their clear-view binders, something that is visible to them, to remind them of writing expectations.
This handout is simple but DENSE - it addresses:
- formatting (MLA)
- content (supporting ideas with examples)
- writing process (editing/revising)
- audience (point of view, as well as formality)
- structure (transitions and sequence)
Not only do you get the gorgeous graphic to use in your classroom, you get a guide on how to use this with your students