Rethinking Independent Writing Projects Plan Sheets

M. Colleen Cruz wrote a stellar professional book, Independent Writing Projects: One Teacher, 32 Needs, Topics, and Plans. Her book inspired me to get my students going in Extended Day last year.

I was reflecting on the Independent Writing Project Proposal Form I gave my students in June, which I adapted from Cruz’s book, and decided I needed to be more explicit since I’d often get very vague plans (that I’d have to hand back to a child). Therefore, I recreated an Independent Writing Project Proposal Form, which now includes individual questions that the student has to answer. (If you decided to use this in your classroom, then please send me some feedback on how it goes for you!)