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Quick Write: A Possible 5 Day Plan


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Years: 3 to 6

5 Pages

Product Code: TEAC1485

Resource Type: Activities, Mini Lessons

About this teaching resource

Quick Writes are my most favourite writing tool, writing strategy and writing buzz! And I haven’t yet had a student across Years 3-6, across the world, who hasn’t agreed with me. For me Quick Writes are simply one of the most important tools I can add to my writers’ tool box.

I can’t help but say…this is just such a small sample of what is to come! Hold tight … I will be adding plenty more soon. Look for the Info Sheet: Quick Writes, as this will build the best picture for you and take you through the steps.

Right here, right now though, you’ve come across a Quick Write Prompt that is the starting point for your students.

Each Quick Writes Prompt set includes:

  • The Prompt
  • Associated artefacts for the prompt: photos, prompt cards
  • Prompt stickers (small versions of the prompt for students to glue into their Quick Write book. These serve as a great record of the prompt, not only for this Quick Write but also for another time.)
  • Some added extras depending on the set: Student writing examples from my collection, routines, links to reading.

I’ll also be adding published Quick Writes from students I have worked with. These will be great to share with your students, but for now you’ll find a few dotted amongst these Quick Write Prompt Sets.

I have never doubted the value of Quick Writes for growing serious, authentic, excited writers. I could see that from the very early stages.

Parent letter

As I went back to the class published Quick Write books I first made with my students in 2001, I came across this letter tucked in with my collection.

"Dear Sharon,
Christopher showed me his 'Quick Writing' book last night.
I was amazed at what I saw.
I had no idea he could write so well.You have obviously tapped a very deep well within him, and he is working with more confidence and enthusiasm than I have ever seen.
Thank you.


Quick Writes: Research can tell us of the benefits, students can vouch for the process, and the letter above from a parent’s heart reminds me that that is why I still love introducing Quick Writes, to enable writers to find that well. I hope you find it too.

Read Our Newsletter on Quick Writes!

Related Books: Chris Van Allsburg books (and their images) are wonderful as Read Alouds and as prompts for Quick Writes in Years 3-6. See the links to 'The Mysteries of Harris Burdick' below from Booktopia and Amazon. The stimulating ideas and images in this book (and his others) are amazing.

Mysteries of Harris 1 Mysteries of Harris 2 Mysteries of Harris 3 Mysteries of Harris 4

 Mysteries of Harris Burdick on Booktopia (Australia)

 Mysteries of Harris Burdick on Amazon (US)

Australian curriculum alignment

Year 3  

ACELY1782: Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features and selecting print,and multimodal elements appropriate to the audience and purpose.

Year 4  

ACELY1694: Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over textstructures and language features.

Year 5  

ACELY1704: Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience.

Year 6  

ACELY1714: Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience.


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