Assessment: A detailed Writing Chart can be used as a rubric for informal assessments for journal entries or short story writing. Students can refer to a chart which provides them with prompts for a successful entry.
My 7th period class (which is a group of my 7th graders) has a morbid sense of story. We just finished a unit on writing descriptive vignettes, and a lot of them practiced gory storytelling skills in their writer's notebook. Here, 7th grader Sarah created a horrific tale about my student aide during seventh period--Elias--not using my paper-cutter carefully. Don't worry--the story never happened--pure fiction. Elias will think this story is quite funny when I send him a link through…
6th grader Tyler created 4 pages about "Sierra Nevada Journeys," which was the three-day adventure camp. He made a top ten list, and this is his final page, which shares his favorite memory of that trip! This was an entry in my annual "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook contest: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/MrStickoftheYear.htm
At home, 8th grader Josh "fancied up" his assigned "Normal or Nuts" write-up for his notebook, and he glued it in the day it was due. I gave him a "Notebook Award" for creating such a great page. Here is the article this notebook assignment was inspired by: http://www.rd.com/health/wellness/normal-or-nuts-2013/6/