Quick Writes- During Reading Strategy


The Quick Write is a literacy strategy that is designed to give students the opportunity to reflect upon their learning. This writing assignment can be used at the beginning, middle or end of a lesson and takes only about three to five minutes. Short, open-ended statements are usually given. For example, students are asked to write about what they learned, problems they encountered, what they liked (or did not like) about the lesson, and about how well they understood the concepts. In content teaching, the integration of reading and writing reinforces meaning construction as both activities use similar processing skills. To implement, students and teacher pause at pre-set points to jot 2-3 sentences about the text. You can give them the freedom to write what they please or you can give them a focus such as making predictions, ask a question, describe your reaction and so on. Quick writes are shared in discussion. A Quick Write can be recorded in journals, on note cards or on the computer.
Why Use a Quick Write?Quick writes are excellent tools for students to practice reflecting of what they read as well as self-monitor their own comprehension. It can be used to practice any of the effective thinking stategies such as inferring, asking questions, self-monitoring, visualization etc. Students can also have an honest reaction to the text they are reading and record it. For a teacher, they are great to read because the students are honest and their thoughts and reaction can surprise and impress you. It also allows you to monitor what the students are missing.Steps for a Quick-Write:1. Choose a content-rich text that you would like students to respond to.2. Determine points in the reading that you want your students to stop and write.3. Provide some sort of Quick Write prompt for each point you select for students to respond to.4. You can type up a worksheet for the students to use as a guide for when to stop and write with the different prompts you have selected. This would be ideal if you were going to have students stop at multiple points to write throughout the reading. Your other option would be to have them read up to a certain point and then provide them with the Quick Write prompt once they have finished reading. 5. Model the Quick Write process using an overhead with an exemplary passage. Have students help you form a great response to the exemplary prompt.6. Assign the reading and quick write you wish students to complete.7. Circulate throughout the classroom in case any students are stumped and need some help brainstorming.8. Hold a small group or whole class discussion where students share their responses to the quick write.9. You can collect them to monitor students comprehension of the text.How I Would Use a Quick Write:
In my class, we read the memoir "When I was Puerto Rican" as a supplementary text. I would have students read the first chapter and have them reflect on the following quote: ""For me, the person I was becoming when we left was erased, and another one was created."

Prompt: What do you think Esmeralda is trying to say in this quote? Tell me about a time you felt similar to how Esmeralda feels at this point in the book.

I would then have students Think, write their Quick Write and share there responses with a partner. Afterwards, we would come back and have a class discussion about the quote, their interpretations and share any personal connections that the students feel comfortable sharing.
Works Cited:Schaefer, Lola. (2001). Teaching Narrative Writing. The Tools that Work for Every Student. p.16