Quick Writes in Action

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Oct. 8, 2018, 9:34 a.m.

Ms. Avalos' Kindergarten Class

Ms. Avalos created simple quick write journals using one piece of construction paper and a few sheets of white paper. This was a way to have quick write journals that were easy to access for her students. In K, she is having them start the year doing quick "drites" (drawing + writing). This gave her students more opportunities to practice putting pencil to paper and getting their ideas from their brain to the page.

Mrs. Chapa's 5th Grade Class

Mrs. Chapa used quick writes in social studies to discuss the events on 9/11. She used a powerful image as a prompt for the quick quick write. Students are asked to "write as much as you can, as fast as you can, as good as you can." Students wrote about what they saw, felt, and thought about that tragic day.

Kelly Harmon and Randi Anderson

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