Quick writes ask students to take three to five minutes and write down their response to a thought-provoking question or an answer to a content-related question. The student’s are to write non-stop for the length of the writing time. Their pens should not leave the paper. If the students cannot think of anything to write, they are encouraged to rewrite the last word or phrase until a new idea weaves its way into the writing.
Types of Quick Writes
• Activating prior knowledge
o Example: Even though we have not read it yet, what does the term ________ mean to you?
• For reflecting
o Example: On last night’s homework, what the hardest part for you to solve?
• For brainstorming
o Example: Write as many examples as you can in the next two minutes about _______.