Grace has finished up her writing unit on how-to writing. For her final paper, she chose to write about creating goals (another skill we’ve been working on). Here’s what she had to say:
Setting a Goal
The first step in setting a goal is gathering your supplies. You will need paper and a pencil. Then, think of something you want to accomplish, like writing a short story. After you have the idea of what you are going to do, write down how long it will take you to accomplish. For writing a short story, you might want to stick to three weeks.
After that, write the first thing you need to do to complete your goal. After writing the first step of your goal, write (on the same line) how long that step will take. You might think that creating the main plot for your story will take two days, so you would write that down. After that, write down the date you would finish that step. This is so you know when you complete each step. Use this method to write down all steps.
After you have finished writing your steps, calculate when you will finish completely. If you didn’t give yourself enough time to finish, you might want to rethink your time limit. If you finish early, then you have plenty of wiggle room, or time to make mistakes. If you start your goal on April 1st, your paper should look like this:
Writing a Short Story
1. Create main plot (two days) 4/2/13
2. Create characters (three days) 4/5/13
3. Write chapter 1 (three days) 4/8/13
4. Write chapter 2 (three days) 4/11/13
5. Write chapters 3 (three days) 4/13/13
6. Proofread (1 day) 4/14/13
Wiggle Room: 1 week
Check up on your goal every time you finish a step to make sure your timing is correct. If not, think about what you are doing that is causing you to take longer than you had planned. Are you slacking off? Did you not give yourself enough time? If you are early, you know you gave yourself plenty of time and can use that information for future goals.