I do not want to teach my writing classes with blinders on. I want to know the students’ entering perceptions about writing and their actual writing skills. I made up a quick online survey on Zoomerang. The survey asks the students
To identify if they have done this type of writing
If they have done it how many times 1-6
How well they think they do it 4 (very good)-3-2-1(beginning level )
Narrative (Telling a story)
Definition (What something means)
Classification (Categories of something)
Process (How to do something)
Illustration (Explaining something)
Description (What something looks like? Mood?)
Cause and Effect (What caused something? What was the result?)
Comparison (How similar or different are two items?)
Argument/Persuasion (Convince/Persuade about something)
For them to identify their favorite type of writing and why
For them to identify their least favorite type of writing and why
What they do well in their writing?
What they would like help with in their writing.
As soon as they have completed the survey, I have the compiled results. I now have meaningful information to help me plan the course. I will change it to help them move forward in their writing.