Differentiating education and keeping track of personal writing goals is easy with this Writing Goals Clip Chart.
This resource contains 2 separate files: one with the 8th grade common core standards listed on each strip, and one without the standards listed on them. Print only the one that fits your classroom. * Note - if teaching a split grade, the goals are similar enough that you can just use one grade level and use the version without the standards listed on them (that's what I do in my split grade class).
This resource can be used in two different ways:
1) To keep track of personal writing goals established during conferences with the teacher. When a student meets his or her goal, he or she will move his or her clip on the chart to the new goal. 2) To make a list of success criteria for writing assignments in the classroom. As a new learning goal is taught in class, a new strip could be added to the chart - starting with one or two strips, and ending with a full set by the end of the year.
The goals are written in "I Can ..." format to give students ownership over and accountability of their learning.
This is not simply a list of all the standards and expectations for the grade level. Rather, the standards and expectations have been carefully chosen, and sometimes combined, to reflect the writing goals students need to work with on all writing pieces over the course of the year, regardless of genre or form. The consistency this provides will allow students the opportunity to master these goals over the course of the year, and with a quick glimpse, allow the teacher to see what areas/needs are greatest in the class to help focus instruction.
This resource also contains a student reflection sheet - when a student feels he or she has mastered the writing goal, the student will complete the reflection sheet and staple it to the writing assignment.
I have other grade levels available:
These particular writing goals match my Personal Reading Goals which I have made. See the grade levels I have in this reading series: