I was having trouble with tracking students progress with their writings. I looked for some ideas on TpT, but couldn't find anything that fit exactly what I needed so I decided to create my own writing clip chart. This chart has been working GREAT! Students check in with me every time they are ready to clip down to the next step and I am able to easily see where students are with their writing. I also like how organized the students have become with their writing now that I have started using the clip chart. I have seen great progress from before the clip chart to now!
How the clip chart works:
Students must first fill out a Thinking Map to organize their thoughts and plan their writing.
Then students begin their rough draft. For this draft I am not worried about spelling or punctuation (they can fix that later). For this section I am mostly interested in their writing making sense and following their Thinking Maps.
Next students will check their own work using a colored pen. They have checklists they use for the different writing themes we are focusing on each week, as well as themes we have discussed in past weeks.
Once students have checked their own work, they have a partner check their work. This is when students are making sure their writing makes sense and that they have no spelling or punctuation errors.
After they have their peer review, students may begin their final draft. Each student re-writes their piece with their best hand writing and with all of the corrections fixed in their paper.
Finally the student turns in their final draft where the teacher reads, corrects and conferences with the student. I have created a sheet to record things that were good about the students' writing, as well as goals for their future writings.
This clip chart has been working great and I really like the structure it gives the students when writing!!
All parts of the writing clip chart are attached below! Feel free to download & use! :)
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