I think anyone that does writer's workshop has a writing process chart of some sort hanging in their room to keep track of where their friends are in the writing process. In my room, I've gone through several versions of this.
Originally, I had a big ol' pocket chart with the writing process step headings at the top. Each friend had an index card with their name on it that they would move as they hit each step of the process. In the end the chart was just way too big and took up too much space in my room.
Next, I moved to a wheel with laundry clips. I wrote my friends' names on the clip and they moved it to a different sector of the wheel as they hit that particular step. It looked kind of like this, but a bit smaller and imaging laundry clips all around it.
So then, I tried Popsicle sticks in a smaller chart. Kind of like this one.
It was last year that I finally found "THE ONE!"
Here is what it looks like in my room:
I also find my friends are much more eager to change their color than they were to move their card or clip on any of the other charts I've tried in the past. Last year, I kept a small container with all the different color cards in them, but this year I just put all five cards in each pocket. No lost cards that way!
The funny thing is that this is not sold as a writing pocket chart. It's actually a behavior management chart. Here is the exact chart I purchased from Lakeshore Learning Center.
The best things about this chart for me would be the size and easy viewing. It takes up a small space in my room, and I can quickly see exactly who is where. One last thing. I have also found that it tends to motivate my pokey puppies, those friends who seem to move at the pace of slow or slower. When the colors start to change on that chart, they do not want to be the only one who hasn't moved on to the new color!
This pocket chart sells at Lakeshore for $21.95, but it is also at Amazon for the same price. I think it is well worth the price! By the way, this is all my opinion. I'm not being paid to push any products here. This is just what's working for me as far as tracking my writers. How do you keep track of yours?