Many of us, have our kids write before they illustrate. I decided to switch things up. If students are coloring and adding details, this will allow them time to think about their writing. Set a timer and tell them they can’t pick up a pencil until time is out. Until the timer buzzes, students have to color or add details and make a plan about their writing. I was amazed at the great writing my students composed. I hope you will be blown away too!