This package includes writing strategy focus cards and guided writing paper (for guided reading time). The purpose of these cards is to help your students strengthen one area of their writing without feeling overwhelmed trying to remember all the things good writers do.
Simply choose an area of focus for each student and put the visual writing strategy focus card on their desk. Set the expectation that every time the child writes they are responsible for this particular writing focus.
I have included various focus card styles to fit your personal liking! There are a total of 16 different writing focus cards included in this set.
I have also included writing focus cards with an incentive like chart. This way you can praise the students and put a sticker or star in each box every time you notice that they worked hard on improving "x" in their writing. For more info on the incentive writing focus cards, read below!
1. Take a look at some writing samples from
each of your student’s work.
2. Determine a good starting place for what you think
they need to work on to become a better writer.
3. Conference with the student and tell
them that you would like for them to improve on “X” for
the next for weeks anytime they are writing.
4. Make sure that the student understands what their
expectation is as a writer and that every time they write, they need to check their work for “X.”
5. Provide the student with the laminated “Writing Focus Card.”
6. You can have students keep their focus card in their
writing folder or you can add a piece of velcro and velcro their “Writing Strategy Focus Card” at the top of their desk. (This will help you remember too what they are working on!)
7. The 10 boxes at the bottom of the writing focus card is a space for you to place a sticker or draw a star every time you see the child improve and applied effort to work on the designated strategy they are working on in their writing. The student should have been able to apply the focus skill on the ENTIRE writing assignment with little error in order to earn his “star.”
8. Once the student has earned all 10 boxes, you can have them move up to the next level of writing. Students may relapse from the previous skill, but remind them that they are still responsible for the last skill and now this new skill. You can always have students go back and work on a previous skill if that's what the student needs!
Hope you find these Writing Focus cards helpful in your classroom!
Other Writing Activities in my Store:
Informational Writing and Summarizing
Writing Center, “How To” Book/a>