Mar 28, 2020
Middle and High School Students: Use Quick Writes to Document History
The school closures are a moment in history for our students. Quick Writes allow students to personally use their voices to record and document this moment in time.
Quick Writes are short, usually no more than 20-minute writings that students generate in response to a specific prompt. Students explore their thoughts and feelings to develop their writing voice.
Michelle Waters on RethinkELA.com notes that by writing every day, students will “be creating primary documents that they and others can look back on decades from now to revisit and share their experiences.”
Each week, we will offer a new set of five prompts that middle and high schoolers can use to keep thinking and writing.
• Students can type, handwrite in a journal, and use voice-to-text.
• Write in any style that appeals to you: paragraphs, lists, poems - mix it up! Experiment!
• Feel free to illustrate your work. Drawing, collages, doodles - whatever you like!
• Students can write every day or skip some days. (Shoot for at least three times a week.)
• Be honest.
• Remember, this is about content - worry less about grammar and spelling.
The daily schedule and prompts include:
How are you feeling today? Consider your physical, emotional, and mental health. Write about anything that comes to mind.
Imagine you are a scientist asked to research COVID-19. Write out some of the questions you want your research to answer. Then, write out your hypotheses about those questions.
Pretend you are responsible for learning something new each day. What do you really, truly want to learn about? What is intriguing about that subject? (Bonus: Do a little research on that subject and write about it.)
Think about what you might be missing at school. Consider your classes, friends, teachers, activities. Write honestly about your feelings.
What is it that you are seeing in society right now? How are people behaving? How do you feel about that behavior? What message would you like to send to society right now?
- Laura Johnson, GWAEA Curriculum Consultant