I created this interactive writing checklist after realizing how much my students struggled with writing in class. They were taught the six traits of writing in class and learned about what makes a writing piece excellent. However, they kept struggling and would forget to check to see if they followed the six traits as well as meet the necessary requirements for the different types of writing.
This checklist is a great way for students to see what they have to have in order to get an “4” or in my state, a “Meets with Excellence” writing piece. In addition, the common core language standards are integrated into the six traits so it really helps to make sure students are meeting the rigor of the common core standards. They also can use this as a self-assessment on how they thought they did on their writing piece. This could easily be used for journal writing and for the different types of writing including opinion, informational/ expository and narrative.
What’s so great is that it is interactive and students keep track of their progress by checking and making sure their writing is complete. This is especially helpful during writing workshop. I use this checklist to conference with students on their writing pieces.
Before setting up the writing checklist, make sure to laminate with a 5 mil or 10 mil film. This will ensure durability. I like to cut and glue my sheets onto a manila folder and then run it through the laminator for extra durability. Also, all of my tags are laminated with a 10 mil film so it can withstand the constant touching/lifting by students when they are working on their writing/self-assessment. I get my tags printed at Office Max and I have been happy with the outcome. It’s a little pricey but I plan to use these for a very long time and I think it’s worth it. I have my students place their writing checklist in their writing folder.
Writing checklist with:
-ME, MP, DP, WB scale
Six trait checklist
Six traits tags:
-ME, MP, DP, WB scale
Anchor charts for each trait
Be sure to check out my R.E.A.D. Checklist. It works well with my Second Grade Common Core Interactive Writing Checklist because they are always checking and making sure they are meeting the necessary requirements.
R.E.A.D. Interactive Checklist for Constructed Response Writing
or you can buy my bundle and save $2.
Second Grade Common Core Interactive Writing and R.E.A.D. Checklists Bundle
I hope this will be helpful for your class and thank you for looking at my products. Aloha!