Children become better writers by reflecting on their own writing and self-editing according to clear criterion.
These clear, simple goals (25+) written in child-friendly language that encapsulate the key steps to creating coherent, creative and well-structured writing, will help your students' writing flourish. Designed to be used in Lower/Middle Primary (approx. Grades 1-3) but could also be useful for older primary students, depending on need.
Goals are categorised using the 6 Traits of Writing, which are; CONVENTIONS; IDEAS/CONTENT; ORGANISATION; SENTENCE FLUENCY; VOICE; and WORD CHOICE
but can still be easily used as general writing goals without specific or prior knowledge of the 6 traits.
Great to use as editing tools or learning intentions. Display one or more skills while working on a specific skill or trait or reduce to task-card size and use as editing cards that you can place on tables or in a box to provide students with tips of what to check for when independently or peer editing and redrafting writing. In my own classroom, I use these as a whole display so I can then conference students and they can go and stick their name immediately on the goal that we have decided they need to work on. Before they ask you to read and check their writing, make sure they have self-edited their own work according to whether they have met their current writing goal.