The trick is to make the students responsible for it. I’ve been using this writing log graphic organizer for a number of years, and my students have said that it helped them get organized and set goals in a tangible way.
The trick is to do all of these things:
- Use the six traits of good writing to score students’ papers.
- Have students transfer scores from their six traits scoring rubric to the six traits writing log.
- Revisit the writing log before you do another writing assignment, so they can review the goals they set for themselves.
- Review the log at the end of the year, to see how far they’ve come.