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The purpose of this lesson is for students to begin to think about writing in general and write an essay about their writing goals. Then, the teacher will use this writing sample as the baseline assessment in order to drive instruction with regards to writing. As this lesson culminates, students will understand that by being an effective writer, they become an effective communicator in a world where literacy is important in order to be successful. Students will be evaluated for what they already know about writing, what they want to learn about writing, and what they have learned about writing. They will see that writing is not just something that belongs in the Language Arts classroom, but that it permeates throughout all of their core subjects as well. Students will understand that no one is a perfect writer and that we all have areas in which we must improve. Students will self-assess ways in which they can improve their writing with practice and by setting (long term and short term) goals. In addition to learning about writing/the writing process and establishing goals for writing, students will be acquainted with editing symbols (a universal method for correcting and commenting about writing).
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