This is one of a PowerPoint series I designed for students to "Choose and Do" writing activities. I have left this for emergency sub plans and it has worked really well.
The idea is that students watch the PowerPoint and "Choose" three - five of the writing tasks (10-12 to choose from!) and complete them by the end of class. There are a variety of topics ranging from persuasive topics to reflecting on quotes.
You will probably have tons of great ideas for ways to use "Choose and Do" in your classroom.
I have Choose and Do (#1-6) PowerPoint Presentations available with different and equally interesting topics.