To truly see themselves as writers, to identify themselves as
writers, to live a "writerly life".
To have choice in their writing
To see how writing is, and can be, important to their lives;
to see the relevance of writing and the power writing has for them.
To recognize that they have important things to say, that what
happens to them, what they think about, what they feel, etc. is worth writing
To help them become "noticers" and "thinkers" and "wonderers"
of and about the world around them.
To recognize, celebrate, and appreciate good writing. This
means immersing them in a variety of good literature, including their writing
and their classmates' writing.
To internalize and utilize a variety of genres so they can
make intelligent decisions regarding which is best to use for their purposes.
This would include a unit on how to write for the *&^%$ state test.
To recognize, understand, and use accepted writing conventions
and grammar; to understand how these can help them get their message across
and have it understood by their readers.
To have many opportunities to share and celebrate their own
and others' writing.
To read like a writer and write like a reader. This, too,
means immersing them in a variety of texts.
To keep a writer's notebook, and for this notebook to become
truly theirs, to become a treasure to them, a treasure they can take gems from
as they write and think.