I do. Not for major writing lessons, but for math journaling, reader response, poetry notes, etc. - however, we mostly use our journals for
Quick-writes are great for all age levels and if given enough inspiration - the kids really do write quickly. It provides a quick, daily practice for basic writing and grammar skills.
In fact, we do a lot of quick writes in class. Quick writes and complete sentence responses are also great during ELD lessons. One of the questions on the CELDT (California English Language Development Test) is to describe everything that is going on in a specific picture. This is actually a fabulous assessment for all students, regardless of language. The point is, the kiddos are looking for details and utilizing complete sentences to 1) Stay on topic and 2)Demonstrate mastery of sentence structure, complete thoughts, and proper punctuation. Since that's a common first grade standard, the lessons work great for all of the kiddos.
Fun photos are my favorite things to use for quick-writing inspiration. Often I display a photo, then draw random names of students and have them tell me complete sentences about the picture. This method is perfect for Kinders and beginning of the year first graders.
As the kids develop their writing skills and speed, the kiddos are asked to write 3 (or more or less depending on the group) sentences about the picture. Upon completion, the kids trade the journal or quick-write with their partner. Their partner circles the capitals and periods and gives happy faces for proper spacing with their red pen. If all of the sentences make sense and are on topic, the partner also gives the owner of those sentences a SUPER SMILEY on their page... which is nothing more than a gigantic happy face. My firsties LOVE those huge happy faces and work hard to get them.
This is my Pinterest board where I pin and repin a whole lot of fun writing inspiration finds. Click and follow it if you'd like to keep access to the fun pictures at your fingertips.
A lot of what I find is Photoshopped - but I don't care. That just makes the photo more interesting, funny, and/or thought provoking. I used to collect pictures to show the kiddos. But all off the fabulous things people put on the internet and share on Pinterest has made this job so easy!
Printed out - these pics are GREAT for the writing center/station/writing Daily 5 element of your literacy block.
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Have a fabulous week, peeps!