JoAnn Portalupi who wrote Teaching Qualities of Writing with Ralph Fletcher suggests that
one of the best ways to encourage writing and develop fluency
is to invite students to write regularly in a writer’s
Here are a few ways to get yourself and your
students started. Try to set aside thirty minutes a day for
notebook writing and sharing. Don’t forget to write with your
If a student is struggling with getting started writing, quick writes are one way to assist our writers.
Joann suggests a techique named Three by Three.
-List three-word phrases for three minutes.
-Select a single word to designate a subject: summer, beach,
-Get pencils ready—go! It doesn’t matter if the
three-word phrases make sense.
-If you think of two words, and get stuck, put anything onto the paper:
hot dry sand
wet cool water
sticky sweaty smelly
cool popsicles ointment
sand, waves, laughter
cousins, giggles, time
hole, shovel, digging
towel, resting, warmth
Pick a word and you try: