11 Minute Writing Frame

What is a writing frame?

Writing frames are a great way to get your students to practice writing. Rather than using a generic prompt, writing frames engage students in a type of writing by providing structure. This helps students better plan their writing, spending less time organizing thoughts, and more time focusing on their writing.

Educators know that writing is best done regularly. The best writers are those that practice their writing routinely and regularly. However, even ELAR teachers struggle with finding time in their day to routinely practice writing with their students.

In this 11-minute writing frame, your students are given a frame to help them quickly and efficiently practice their writing. It's designed to be used as a regular short writing activity, regardless of the subject area you teach. This writing frame helps students break down a topic they're learning about while providing the overall structure for a typical expository essay. It asks students to describe the topic in their own words, provide examples from their reading or own life, what they've learned from those examples, and what conclusion they can make over the topic.