I start each class period with 5 minutes of writing. I created this sheet after I was constantly handing out notebook paper and spirals to kids who couldn't keep up with them. Students receive this sheet on Mondays and do their writing for the week on one page. There is also a space for a challenge/bonus question. We do trivia. At the end of the week, students choose one of their paragraphs to expand into an expository paper over the weekend.