The quickwrite activity will help engage students' prior knowledge and get them thinking about the central ideas or themes in a text. This activity gives students another chance to write in class and only takes a few minutes.

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Quickwrite Teacher Guide

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Quickwrite Lesson

Classroom ready student presentation.

Step 1: Check In and Review

Student Presentation

Check In
Discuss the following questions and
record youranswers in your notes.

New to the Skill

  1. What do you know about this skill?
  2. Predict how you might use the skill?
  3. Where have you used it before?

Experience with the Skill

  1. What are the steps to this skill?
  2. Why is this strategy useful?
  3. How does it help you?
  4. How do you use this strategy in other classes?

What Teachers Do

Asks a few questions to assess what students know about the skill.

Teaching Tips

Questions can be answered individually or in pairs/small groups.
Have students use the skill with little to no guidance in order to assess what they know.
Have students explain each step either verbally or in writing.

Step 2: Instructions

Student Presentation

  1. Identify the purpose for the quickwrite.
  2. Write a half page response to the prompt.
  3. Scan your quickwrite for errors and grammatical mistakes.
  4. Share your quickwrite with someone in class.
Student Activity

Practice skills in all subjects

Content Area

What Teachers Do

Go over the instructions and explain the activity.

Teaching Tips

Consider modeling how to complete the activity/steps before students do it on their own.
Consider having students complete the activity/steps in pairs or small groups.
Consider printing or projecting the Guide to review with students.
Consider using a timer to pace each activity/step.

Step 3: Set Expectations and Explain Grading Criteria

Student Presentation

  • Your writing should be thoughtful.
  • Use concrete details and examples to support your ideas.
  • Use strong verbs and vivid details whenever necessary.
  • Write neatly.

Options for Formative Assessment

Walk around the room and assess what students are doing. This informal assessment takes only a few minutes but can give the teacher valuable information.

Call on random students to share their quickwrites with the class. This informal assessment takes only a few minutes but can give the teacher valuable information.

Collect student work and use the rubric to assess how they are applying the strategy.

What Teachers Do

State the expectation for task completion and review how students will be assessed.

Teaching Tips

Consider printing or projecting the rubric and go over grading criteria with students.
Model expectations so that all students are clear on what is expected of them.
Consider having students demonstrate the expectations for their classmates.

Step 4: Students reflect on their learning

Student Presentation

  1. What did we do today (or the past few days)?
  2. What was the purpose of this lesson?
  3. How did this skill (or lesson) help you meet the learning objectives?
  4. How did today’s learning build on what you already know and are able to do?
  5. How will this lesson help you in the future?

What Teachers Do

Close the lesson with a debrief. Give students time to think about and process their learning.

Teaching Tips

Select one or two questions from the menu and have your students discuss the questions in groups of two to four.
Have students write their reflection on a lined piece of paper or in a journal.
Ask students to chart their progress, assess growth, and set new goals for the next lesson.
Strategically select scaffolding techniques to maximize growth.
Rehearse skills as often as possible to ensure students move toward mastery.

Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

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