Print these posters and place in a sequence for your students!
Students will self-assess their knowledge against a poster that shows gradual progression toward a writing goal.
Decide on your writing goal. Look over the 20 posters included within this pack and pick a series of 3 - 5 posters that will collectively lead to achieving your goal.
Sequence standards into a gradual progression or series of steps. Post the progression in a visible and accessible area of the classroom. Provide an opportunity for students to reflect on the steps, then self-assess where they are in relation to the goal. Each student will place a marker on one of the steps. An example of a marker could be a post-it note, magnet, or clothes pin. Students should continually reflect on their own understanding and move their marker accordingly. This makes the ‘intangible’ process of growth tangible!
This strategy develops metacognition. It is meant to promote positive self-talk, create an awareness around one’s own abilities, and develop ownership over learning. Does a student’s assessment of themselves match a teacher’s observations? Use this strategy as a window into student’s thinking and plan accordingly.
Play around with the 20 different posters within this pack. Be creative with your display. Print them as 5 x 7 or blow them up on an A3 paper. Laminate the final design so they remain sturdy and do not tear. Let students decorate their marker (such a clothespin) to add more ownership over their piece. To differentiate, print an individual sequence for a student and paste it to a book mark so they can refer to it whenever needed.
Here is a list of the posters included within this pack:
I can think of an idea to write about.
I can choose my own paper.
I can touch each page and tell my story.
I can draw pictures on each page.
I can label my pictures.
I can use words from the word wall.
I can write a sentence.
I can use finger spaces.
I can start a sentence with a capital letter.
I can end a sentence with a period.
I can end a question with a question mark.
I can write a story.
I can write a story with a beginning, middle, and end.
I can color my pictures neatly.
I can read a story to my friend.
BONUS! Posters that correspond to Writer's Workshop
I touch and tell.
I fix and fancy up!