Reflection: High Quality Task Quickwrites and Idea Formulation For Personal Narratives - Section 1: Guided Directions: Quickwrites


While the Common Core lays out a framework for student skills and objectives for each grade level in reading and writing, the one area that is left out, at least directly, is critical thinking. This is the area that may not be the easiest to teach but that's the most important. Students want to be spoon fed, at least many of mine do. They want to know what to write and how to write it, thinking that will help them grow as writers. This is not the case.

I think it's important for students to develop their own critical thinking skills and using quick writes and free writes is a great way to foster that. While this type of writing may not appear directly in the Common Core, it does serve as a great introduction for personal narratives. Since students are able to be abstract, creative, and not worry about structure, they can think about their lives in a different way which will then in turn help them to produce a thoughtful and insightful personal narrative.

Quick writes and free writes push critical thinking skills as it forces students to reflect on their lives, which can be tough for teenagers, in a way they are not used to. They have to start thinking about their lives more than just what's on the surface.

  Managing complex standards with students' critical thinking skills
  High Quality Task: Managing complex standards with students' critical thinking skills
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Quickwrites and Idea Formulation For Personal Narratives

Unit 9: Personal Narrative/Memoirs: Writing And Conferencing
Lesson 1 of 13

Objective: SWBAT use quickwrites and freewrites as a way to create early drafts of personal narratives.

Big Idea: Let the pencil do the writing: Using various quickwrites and freewrites to promote critical thinking.

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English / Language Arts, Writing, quick write, free write, personal narrative, personal narratives, memoir, conferencing
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