A quickwrite is a short piece of writing done in around 10 minutes. Sometimes it is sharing their knowledge on a topic, it may be a response to a news story or a video clip. It could be a response to a piece of writing or even writing a short narrative. The purpose is to be able to gather ideas quickly and write them down. It also gives students writing mileage. Sometimes that will be it for that piece, other times a student may be motivated to write more, as Leigh did in this blog post.
Way back in March, I showed the Rm10 students this Upworthy video:
After we watched it, without talking, the students spent 10 minutes doing a quickwrite. After the writing time, we had a long discussion. In general, we were impressed by how a small act could make a big difference. We talked about how different the world would be if many people made small efforts to pay it forward.
The reason I have brought this up today is that Upworthy have published a follow-up. Have a look at this article:
- It is neat to see the results of actions;
- The long-term effects of this small action have made a big impact in Philadelphia.
I wonder what effect this act of kindness has caused to ripple out around the whole world.