Since this is my first post to this blog, let me start by saying I’m over-the-moon excited to hop aboard and join the two-step! I’m Sherri of “Literary Sherri” and I bring 22 years of teaching experience, mostly in Middle School English Language Arts, to this dance.
I’m especially passionate about literacy, so the vast majority of my contributions will be literacy-based. Posts such as this . . .
Are you using Quick Writes in your class?
WHAT: Quick Writes (a fancy way of saying, “We’re going to write a quick response to a writing prompt”) is a versatile literacy strategy used to develop writing fluency, build the habit of reflection into learning, and informally assess student thinking. Quick Writes prompt learners to respond in 10 minutes or less to a given prompt, then share their response with peers. (I try to give students 10 minutes to write on most days – but some days we can only spare 5-7 minutes. No worries – this is informal writing!)
WHY: I’ve done Quick Writes with my students for years and I really believe it’s one of the most important activities on our agenda! I learn so much about my students that I would never know otherwise. Their writing helps me get to know students on a more personal level, builds rapport, and fosters a nurturing and caring classroom environment! Quick Writes (when shared aloud) frequently prompt my students to laugh together, celebrate together, and offer support to one another with hugs, fist-bumps, or high-fives.
Quick Writes also help students think critically about significant issues and broaden their worldviews as they hear their peers’ viewpoints. The most important ideas are often the most difficult to articulate. Quick Writes help students learn to articulate their thoughts in a safe environment, knowing the content of their writing is not going to be criticized.
HOW: When students enter the classroom, the Writing Task Card of the day is displayed using a document projector. Students go directly to their seats, open their writing journals, and choose one of the prompts to write about. This allows the teacher to care for housekeeping items, such attendance, lunch orders, checking homework, etc. while students are actively engaged in a productive learning activity.
If I finish my housekeeping chores with time on the clock to write, I write in my own journal. Students love it when I join them on a Quick Write! So without further ado, here it is . . . Fifteen Fabulous Reasons to Use Quick Writes in Your Class:
When used consistently, Quick Writes:
- Help students brainstorm their thoughts
- Activate prior knowledge
- Help students make personal connections
- Promote reflection
- Foster critical thinking
- Prepare students for discussion
- Increase background knowledge
- Broaden students’ worldviews (when shared)
- Reinforce vocabulary and language development
- Informally assess student knowledge about a given topic
- Increase engagement in Think-Pair-Share activities
- Increase writing fluency
- Improve writing organization
- Increase students’ confidence in their writing abilities
- Develop skilled thinkers
Those are some pretty fabulous reasons to implement Quick Writes, yes?!? I’m in the process of developing Writing Prompts for secondary teachers to use as Quick Writes (meaning, I’ve finished 4 months and intend on having the rest of the months finished before each month rolls around!) If you’re interested, here’s a link to November’s writing prompts:
Happy (Quick) Writing!
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