BTS: Writing Fluency: 15 Minute Quickwrites CCSS, Test Prep, Fun, Sub Plan

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Writing fluency! The Fifteen Minute Quickwrite Unit arms teachers with a writing tool that will increase how much students can write during a timed writing assessment. It also gives students a lifetime skill of improved writing fluency that will help them meet future writing goals.

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Four pages of writing prompts

Suggestions of increasing the timing of writing fluency from 15 minutes to four pages.

Exit pass

Slides in format of Google, Powerpoint, and PDF.

Printable handouts in the form of PDF and docx.

Students should write in active voice and show, not tell, what is happening in the quickwrites. Dialogue can also add much to the voice in the story. Description is an important part of the activity.

Students begin writing for 15 minutes choosing a topic from four pages of suggestions. As the year progresses, the time increases by five-minute intervals and the writing goal expands from one-half a page in August to four pages in May.

No rubrics are included as this is writing for fun! Students will receive points for writing, but this is not a conventions lesson. Students will keep files of individual writings with the idea that they might expand the quickwrite into a portfolio piece at a later time.

Teachers may opt to use the writing topics in classroom notebooks as a group project.

Four pages of suggested writing prompts are included as well as an exit pass for the year long activity.

Slides are in the format of Google, Powerpoint, and PDF. Printable handouts are in the form of docx and pdf.

This lesson has been successful in my English 10 classroom for many years and is often listed in the "Ten Things You Must Continue To Do Next Year" survey at the end of the year.

Please contact seller with any questions. Seller is a member of National Writing Project and a Lilly Teacher Creativity Grant recipient.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.


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