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Writing Conference Forms: Conferring Questions and Notes - Middle & High School

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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Wanting to differentiate writing instruction for middle or high school students? Writing conferences are a great way to meet individual students' needs. By sitting and talking with writers one-on-one, we can help them embrace their strengths, identify areas for growth, and get to know them better as writers.

These writing conference forms can be used outside of a writing workshop format. Included in this resource, you will find:

  • Conferring Schedule: A chart to manage your conferring schedule...How often are you meeting with students, and what are the topics of those conversations?
  • Conferring Notes: Both a teacher and student version of conferring notes to help you both remember goals, teaching topics, and next steps.
  • Writing Process: A graphic organizer to help students identify where they are in the writing process, AND, at this stage, what they should focus on.
  • Discussion Prompts: Questions to help you get started with conferring with students.
  • Reflection Prompts: A reflection page to help students revise their essays. Reminders are focused on ideas, organization, voice, sentence fluency, word choice, conventions, and presentation. Differentiate for writers by focusing on different areas on this reflection page during revision.
  • Reference Sheets: Several reference pages are included to make your life easier! If students are struggling with transitions, introducing research or text evidence, or elaborating upon it, you'll find reference pages with ideal sentence stems and transition words. After you confer with students, they will have these reference points to use as they revise.

All of these writing conference forms are included in two versions:

1. a secure PDF

2. an editable Google Slides link

Whether you're ready to get started with writing conferences, wanting to add more organization to your writing conferring sessions, or simply seeking ways to differentiate writing instruction, these resources will be handy references during one-on-one and even small group lessons or conversations.

Please note:

  • While some aspects of these writing conference forms could be used with narrative writing, their original design is intended for more formal writing, geared toward the argumentative, informative, and literary analysis genres.
  • These forms can be used to help students focus on developing proficiency toward many of the Common Core writing and language standards.

Getting ready to begin a writing unit, a new semester, or a new school year? You may also be interested in these related writing resources:

Writing Pre-Assessment Rubrics

Argumentative Writing Unit

Scaffolding Literary Analysis Unit

Color-Coded Essay Graphic Organizer

Plagiarism Mini Unit

Embedding Quotations Stations

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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