Quick, write

Also known as: quick writing prompts, twitterature, minisaga, drabble


Quick, write involves students writing rapidly and without stopping in response to a prompt or open-ended question. It:

  • provides educators with an opportunity to informally assess students' thinking
  • supports students to develop writing fluency and create a habit of reflection
  • encourages critical thinking.

Quick, write

ICT templates

Learning activity templates

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Make sure you are logged into your Microsoft account or Google account before accessing these templates. For more support refer to Getting started with technology

How to use with ICT

Quick write prompts have wide scope in a digital environment. A range of screen-based media offer excellent opportunities for communicating many types of writing stimuli. Consider the use of memes, word clouds, kinetic text, 360-degree images, audio, short video or any other digital media to suit the context. Build an archive of subject-related writing prompts so that different quick writes can be selected for different phases of the teaching-learning cycle.

Single computer

Projecting writing stimuli to a class is an excellent method of establishing quick write routines. Consider selecting screen-based media that can be as simple as a single slide with an image and/or a sentence stem or as interactive as a panoramic image.

External resources

Find out more resources
Title Link Description
100 Writing prompts for middle school by John Spencer 100 Writing prompts for middle school

John Spencer’s set of visual and video prompts in one PowerPoint file. Age recommendation is for upper primary and lower secondary students.

Six Ways to Use Quick Writes to Promote Learning Six ways to use quick writes

An article from On Course about implementing quick write activities in class. The focus of the article is college classrooms, but the goals and strategies are relevant to students of all ages.

50 Writing prompts for all grade levels by Todd Finley  50 Writing prompts for all grade levels Todd Finley’s article gives guidance for using his collection of writing prompts that asks young writers to think through real or imagined events, their emotions and a few unusual scenarios.
Pobble 365 Pobble 365: One picture. One teaching resource. Everyday. A collection of 365 images, one for each day of the year, which can be used to inspire writing. Each image is supported by a range of literacy activities and many of the images also link to examples of student writing samples.



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Personalised learning

Disability, Learning and Support

When planning to use technology in the classroom it is important to consider the diversity of your learners. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and effective for all. For UDL guidelines, information and additional materials, visit the CAST website.

Many students require technology as an adjustment to support their access to learning. Adjustments (NESA) are actions taken that enable a student with disability and additional learning needs to access syllabus outcomes and content on the same basis as their peers. Enrol in the Personalised learning with technology online course to help you make more informed decisions regarding technology.


For a range of simple, how-to videos visit the Assistive Technology page on the Disability, Learning and Support website. Resources are organised into four sections; Literacy and Learning, Vision, Hearing, Physical and Motor Skills.


High potential and gifted learning and support

When planning to use technology in the classroom it is important to consider the full range of abilities of all learners. High potential and gifted learners may require additional adjustments and deliberate talent development.  These strategies include differentiation, grouping, enrichment and advanced learning pathways so students can be engaged, grow and achieve their personal best.


Assessing and identifying high potential and gifted learners will help teachers decide which students may benefit from extension and additional challenge. Effective strategies and contributors to achievement for high potential and gifted learners helps teachers to identify and target areas for growth and improvement. School leaders can access the Evaluation and Planning Tool to support strategic improvement planning.


Recognising the diversity of high potential and gifted students represented in classrooms across 4 domains of potential can be explored further by accessing illustrations of practice.


For further support and advice about how to tailor learning for high potential and gifted students from all backgrounds, visit the High Potential and Gifted Education web section, High Potential and Gifted Education Policy or attend one of the professional learning courses on offer.


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