- Do they use complete sentences?
- Am I able to read their spelling and inventive spelling?
- Are they able to stay on topic?
- Do they use capitals and end marks correctly?
- How is their handwriting?
- Do they add details?
I am so excited to be sharing my first differentiation for Writing Workshop tip with you today. If you missed my intro to this new blog series click here >>> Introduction. So before you can actually differentiate for each child in your class, you need to know where they are as a writer. You need to know their strengths and things that they can work on. One way to quickly figure this out is by giving them a writing pre-test. If you use Lucy Calkin’s Units of Study, she has pre-test ideas in the Writing Pathways book. She calls them On-Demand Performance Assessments. If you don’t have the Units of Study, you can still have your students complete a writing sample/pre-test. At the beginning of the year, I have my students write about themselves on the page below. From this writing sample, I can learn a lot about each student. For example…To make your life easier I have a FREE set of writing checklists for your students to use! These are geared towards the primary grades and include 8 different checklists – so you’ll be able to differentiate based on what you’re teaching and your students’ needs. Grab your writing checklists HERE.