For this activity students will need:
1. A spiral notebook, a journal, or a piece of lined paper
2. A pencil
3. A colored pencil, crayon or a marker
For this activity the teacher will need:
1. A Super Writing recording sheet
2. A list of topics
3. A timer
Here's how the activity goes:
1. Students get their journal, a pencil and a marker ready. The teacher gives the class a topic (title) to write at the top of their page.
3. The teacher sets the timer and gives students one minute to write. When the timer beeps, the teacher says, "pencils down." Students may only finish the last word (not sentence) they are writing and then drop their pencils.
So what now? Students finish three rounds of Super Writing and have these short little paragraphs in their journals. Well, my favorite thing to do is to let students circle their favorite "Super Write" of the day and actually develop that into a final draft of writing (it can be in paragraph form, topic for a friendly letter, a poem, etc..). Students can also do a quick edit/revise activity where they go through their three (or four) Super Writes and check their conventions and improve sentence structure, word choice, etc..
I hope you will give this activity a try in your classroom! Here's a free recording sheet for you to try with your students.
I also have available a complete Super Writing Pack that includes five different leveled recording sheets, recommending starting levels, a master topic list, as well as monthly topic lists to guide your Super Writing for the year!