After we've had a minute to read the child's writing, our own schema kicks fires up and we know where we want to go with this writer. We see an opportunity to work with an individual child on a particular skill or craft and it's time to ask the question... but what might be the best questions to ask?
Below is a chart I adapted from Carl Anderson's Assessing Writers. See what you think.
Start with: HOW’S IT GOING?
Situation What to ask
The meaning isn’t clear What are you trying to say here? (point to a
spot and read aloud)
The genre doesn’t fit What can you do to make it look more like a ___?
The structure is off How did you organize your writing?
What parts are really important ones that help you
make your point?
How might you break this really long paragraph
into littler ones?
The details & support are lacking How can you help your reader visualize ___?
(pick any sense)
What else might the reader need to know?
The writer’s voice is not present How have you tried to get your voice in your
How can you use punctuation to give your writing
The conventions are absent or incorrect
(word choice, correctness) What are you looking for as you edit?
What kind of punctuation do you need here___?
What other words can you use to help your
readers understand that you’re sad?
(Find a way to ask them to consider that they’ve
said the same word repeatedly)