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WN: Weekend Check-Ins

Last year I adopted (and adapted) an idea I got from Davis and Hill’s Book, The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing. For an entire year I gave my students weekend writing assessments. However, they were essentially checklists that didn’t inspire my students to really do much thinking about their writing. Hence, in conjunction with two former colleagues from P.S. 171, Christina L. Rodriguez and Artemis Kakorus, we developed an improved “Student Weekend Writer’s Notebook Assessment.” I’m going to be using this form each weekend for my students. I’m looking forward to seeing how it goes with this updated form, which I’m still asking my students’ parent/guardian to sign.

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.

4 thoughts on “WN: Weekend Check-Ins Leave a comment

  1. Andi:

    Here are my answers to your questions. Just email me if you need any more info:

    1. No, just check +, check, or check -.
    2. Yes, they’re separate. They must be writing daily.
    3. After each student finishes their morning work, they may read or write independently until Morning Meeting begins.


  2. Thanks for all of the cool forms! I love reading your blog and getting all of these awesome ideas. Three quick questions:
    1. Do you grade the weekend assessment?
    2. Are these entries from mini-lessons in class or are they separate entries the students do on their own or BOTH?
    3. Do you have writer’s notebook TIME set aside and is it every day?

    I am just curious. I don’t have a self-contained class and I only have 40 minutes a day with my students. I want to continue immersing my students in writing. You all are a lifesaver!!


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