How to fill 70 minutes of in-class writing time?
September 10, 2008 2:08 PM Subscribe
Help a freshman comp teacher out! I need a fun writing exercise to fill 70 minutes of class time.
posted by toomuchkatherine to Education (16 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I'm teaching freshman comp. The students are not stellar but they're all right, though most of them hate writing (and see it as drudgerous and formulaic). The three main assignments I have to give them this semester include a process essay (basically a how-to article), a short research paper, and an essay on a novel. We also have a textbook but they seem to hate it, and I can't say that I blame them much.
Tomorrow we have a fairly free day; on the syllabus I inherited, it just says "in-class writing exercise." Actually it says "timed writing exercise." Either way, I need to fill 70 minutes of class time with writing, or writing and group work...and I'd like to make it fun, because we haven't been having enough fun in class lately, and I think that anything I can get them to do to enjoy writing and use it to explore their thoughts and feelings will be useful.
Any comp-teacher ideas?