Monday, December 16, 2019

Kerrin Gover

Quick, Write! 

Quickly dropping a note about using the KTL “quick write” technique in the classroom.

What is it? “A short, informal writing task

Why use it? CCSS Writing standard #10… just kidding.  
They help the writer remember, organize and manage information. 
-It’s an easy effective way to check student comprehension. 
-It’s is flexible in its format and content.
-It’s an efficient assessment tool.
-It helps students gain confidence in their writing. 

When? Limit to 10 minutes at the start or end of a class. 

How? Establish notebooks with “quick write” sections or have templates prepared such as the cell phone, admin/exit ticket, or triangle, square, circle reflection.*

What? Everything! See some suggestions below.  Check out the prompts and Bloom’s question terms through this resource link.

Explain what the literary term “conflict” means. Write a sentence.
Describe a character trait from your reading last night. 
Review this writing sample and identify all the (transition words)
Examine this list of main ideas and write a topic sentence. 
Define 5 properties of a (polygon)
Generate a question about (multiplying fractions.)
Explain the difference between (obtuse and acute angles)
Analyze these 3 problems, how can you summarize their content?
List the materials you need to complete today’s lab experiment.
In 3 minutes, write as many facts as you can remember about (erosion.)
Combine 4 sentences about (photosynthesis) into one complex sentence.
Ask a “what if” question about our discussion on (gravity.)
Social Studies
Circle the 3 most difficult vocabulary words and complete a concept map.
Reflect on the (conflict/war) and write 1 pro, and 1 con for a specific side.
Using the primor source letter, write 3-5 details on how (the mills provided..
On the map, label the explorer’s route. Include start, end points and dates. 

Focus on the Classroom:  Middle school students have been engaging in quick writes as a way to bridge their learning for allied arts classes that meet on a rotating schedule. These quick summaries or reflections on a topic are used as a tool for transferring learning between days off. It has been beneficial for consistency and transitions as well as student ownership of knowledge. 

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