Even those who place into a standard writing course may well lack the skills needed to complete it.
In my writing classes, a student will say, “I’m a bad writer,” never having learned that drafting, revising, and getting input before revising again are what all writers do.
Next, introduce a planning tool, where the students note their topics, their possible main points or examples, and their audience, and then have the students explain why they chose the particular topics and examples.
After a class or group discussion, this tool can become the basis for a draft, presented to the class or discussed in groups.
After students draft their essays, they review them using a student-friendly , with categories found in the Common Core, C3, PARCC, and Smarter Balanced frameworks.