If you are hoping to have students do more digital writing based on a writer's workshop model using Google Classroom and Google Drive I recommend looking at the following suggestions for setting up a writer's notebook student template using Google Slides rather than using Google Docs. In the video and slide presentation I discuss the advantages of Google Slides' layout options, the slide preview window, and revision and annotation options using the the shape tool. This resource includes a step-by-step video tutorial, slide presentation, and printable guide. You can also use my Writer's Notebook template as a starting point.
Port Huron Instructional technology Department