What are Quick Writes Open Ended Statements Brief timed (3-10 minutes) writing assignments Make students employ writing skills with critical thinking Help teachers assess students writing ability and understanding of concepts.
When to use Quick Writes Brainstorm prior to reading Assess student knowledge about a concept Summarize what has been read Promote reflection Encourage critical thinking Make predictions and/or inferences
Group Scenarios Quick writes can be used in cooperative group learning. It is easy to adapt quick writes into a Think-Pair-Share lesson. Students are encouraged to think about a given concept, respond appropriately and share with the small group. In a small group students may apply the use of graphic organizers to respond to quick write topics.
Examples of Quick Writes: “Boy, right now I wish I could…” “The best thing that happened to me so far this school year…” “I spend too much time…” “ The President of the United States should focus on…” “We need to be less dependent on foreign oil because…” “Technology in the classroom is benefcial because…”
At the end of the day… Quick writes can do the following things for students: 1. Build confidence 2. Make writing more accessible and less intimidating 3. Make students better READERS, THINKERS and LISTENERS 4. Develop overall language fluency