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The Literacy Dive Podcast

Dec 7, 2020

Are your students reluctant to write? Is student interest in writing at 0%? We are going to turn that around! In today’s episode, I am going to share how to use Quick Writes with students and the many benefits that come along with implementing them. Listen and learn about this easy-to-implement Quick Write strategy!


Key Points:

  • Quick Writes are great for building fluency and voice, writing spontaneously, allowing students to write freely in a stress-free environment, and reinforcing specific writing skills without students even knowing it!
  • Quick Writes should only take 1, 3, or 5 minutes to complete
  • Students have control of what genre they choose to write
  • It is important to write along with your students
  • Quick Writes will motivate students to write and will keep them intrigued


  1. Get students in a writing posture
  2. Call out one or two words
  3. Set the timer for 1, 3, or 5 minutes
  4. Students will write to the “prompt” until time is up
  5. Students will share their writing aloud


  • Allow students to submit one or two words for the prompts
  • Allow students to take the Quick Write through the writing process
  • Tie in current writing skills and hold students accountable to applying them to their Quick Write
  • Encourage parents to try this at home


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