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25 Days of Quick Writes

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • October 11th, 2017

Writer’s Workshop should start and end with writing connected texts.
Quick writes are a great way to kick off writer’s workshop or any class, really.
Tell students to write as much as they can, as good as they can, as quick as they can. Set a timer for one to five minutes.

Choose a quick write prompt that will relate to the learning target of the day. We use the quick writes after the focus lesson to practice the teaching point of the lesson. Usually, students are revising or editing to incorporate the new learning.

Quick writes are seeds for future compositions.

Ideas for Quick Writes

  1. What moment would you capture today for an Instagram post?
  2. Would you rather be alone or with a stranger? 
  3. Who has been a hero or role model in your life?
  4. When was the last time you were sad? Why?
  5. What makes you laugh? 
  6. If you could eat anything right now, what would it be and why?
  7. Where do you dream of vacationing to?
  8. What is one thing you would change about school?
  9. What are you afraid of? Why?
  10. Spider or snake? Why?
  11. Chocolate or vanilla? Why?
  12. TV or iPad? Why?
  13. Would you rather sleep on the floor or trampoline?
  14. If you could meet anyone, who would it be? Why?
  15. What law would you change? How?
  16. What makes a best friend?
  17. What is your favorite thing to eat? How do you make it?
  18. We are going to NYC today, what 3 things would you make sure and not forget to take? Why?
  19. Halloween or Valentine’s Day? Why?
  20. Thanksgiving or Christmas? Why?
  21. Cat or Dog? Why?
  22. What car do you dream of driving when you finally get your license? Why?
  23. Instagram or Facebook? Why?
  24. What tweet would you send out on Twitter right now?
  25. Country music or pop music? Why?


Kelly Harmon and Randi Anderson

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