WriterKey > How do I set objectives for my students' assignments?

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You can create objectives when you create a new assignment or you can edit the assignment to set your objectives later. 

Creating objectives when creating a new assignment

Create a new assignment

For more information on creating a new assignment, please read the help article How do I create an assignment?.

Go to your Dashboard and click "Add New," then "Assignment."

Click "Objectives" on the right

By selecting your objectives for an assignment, you are choosing the areas to focus your feedback. Objectives are optional for Express Assignments and Stimulus-based Assignments, but are required for WriterKey Assignments.


Click each drop-down arrow and check the boxes to select up to six objectives

The objectives you choose will be presented to you through the feedback tool to use as you respond to students. Limit your choices to writing features you are reviewing/teaching prior to students submitting the assignment.

Why can you choose no more than six objectives?

Effective coaches understand that students need feedback on their writing that is aligned to the instruction they have received. Yet, too much feedback creates cognitive overload and prevents the feedback from being constructive. WriterKey limits the objectives for feedback to focus both the student and the teacher on the skills that were taught and are being reinforced through feedback.

The included objectives are focused on the craft of writing. These objectives target specific qualities of writing teachers commonly teach.

Create your own objectives

You can also use custom objectives if your desired objective is not included in WriterKey. Please see the help article How do I create/edit custom objectives for my students' assignments?.

View a rubric for each objective

If you hover your cursor over the rubric icon to the right of each objective you can view the rubric levels for each objective.

Click "Save Objectives" when you're done making your selections


View objectives in assignment

You will see that your objectives will populate your assignment sheet.


Creating objectives when editing an assignment

Select the assignment you wish to edit

Click on the assignment title from your dashboard to open the assignment.


Click "EDIT" in the actions bar

Follow the instructions above beginning with the step "Click Objectives".