When creating lesson plans, always keep your destination in mind. Where do you want students to end up? If you're planning daily activities, think about how these activities connect to the larger goals for the course. Ask yourself, how will each activity prepare students for the upcoming portfolio assignment? Assuming that your assignment sheets accurately reflect the course goals, use them at the beginning of each unit to determine:
What is the overall goal for this assignment? What is the assignment asking students to do?
What knowledge do students already have that will help them meet the goals for writing this assignment?
What skills and concepts will students need to meet the goals for this assignment?
From these questions, create a list of smaller objectives to use as stepping stones for your destination. If you are planning writing assignments for student portfolios, your list of objectives may include:
Portfolio 1 - Objectives for Teaching Summary/Response
Students will think about their purpose, audience and context for writing.
Students will use critical thinking skills and critical reading strategies to become better writers.
Students will practice writing academic summaries.
Students will practice writing different types of response.
Students will learn to develop a claim and support that claim with reasons and evidence.
Students will learn to value revision through workshops and other peer review activities.