In my personal experience using the Reading and Phonics Goals in my primary classroom, I have found that not only are they a great visual reminder for my students of what good readers do, it also holds them accountable for their learning and achievement. I can not begin to tell you what a tremendous change had occurred when I started using them.
So, I just had to take the time to create this set of 32 Writing Goal Posters with “I can” statements. I also took it a step further and created matching brag tags to keep my young authors on the “write track”.
Why Writing Goals?
One of the biggest questions I am asked is if you should display all the goal posters at once. Yes! Definitely display them all at once. There is no need to display one poster at a time as you introduce each skill.
Your students develop their writing skills at a different pace. You have students at varying stages in their writing development. One of your students may still be drawing their stories and building phonemic awareness. You will want to encourage them to label their pictures with beginning sounds.
While in another instance, you may have a group of students who are ready to write complete paragraphs and will benefit from using time order words in their writing to help them add more detailed sentences in a logical order.
Displaying all the posters at once will also make all your students aware of the many strategies that good writers use. You will find that many of your students will inform you that even though they are focusing on labeling their stories with words, they are also using capital letters when they label character names! This is when I praise them for going above and beyond!
How do I differentiate writing for each child?
You will find that using Writing Goals in your classroom is an effective way to differentiate your instruction. As you hold writing conferences with your students, you are able to discern exactly what your young author’s strengths and weaknesses are. During these conferences, assign them a writing goal to help improve their writing based on a specific personalized need.
I keep all the writing goal cards near my Writing Conference area. In the photo below, I used black foam board and clear adhesive pocket to hold each of the writing goals. As I assign writing goals, I can quickly locate the writing goal card and attach it to their writing folder so they have a visual of what their writing focus is each time they sit down to write.
Please keep in mind, that in the Writer’s Workshop model, I do present a whole group mini lesson to expose my writer’s to skills and strategies for all writers. After the class is sent off to write independently after the mini-lesson, I then pull a small group of children who share the same writing goal and provide them with explicit instruction that focuses on their writing goal. A differentiated mini-lesson!
Once you confer with each student again, evaluate their writing. Are they consistently working on their writing goal? Have they achieved their goal? If so, you can celebrate by providing them with a brag tag. If you do not use brag tags in your classroom, simple provide them with the brag tag as a certificate of achievement and watch them beam with pride! Now…assign them a new goal!
You can find the Writing Goals Posters and Goal Cards HERE.
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The theme of this resource is an addition to the On the Road to Proper Paragraph Writing and the Writing Portfolio Set available at The K Files Shop. If your students need a unique visual reminder of the paragraph structure, you can learn more by finding them here:
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I do hope that you find this information helpful. Incorporating Writing Goals in your Writing program is so very beneficial. Students become accountable for their growth and thrive on celebrating their success!