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A quickwrite is a literacy strategy that helps writers get their words down on paper. Students are given a prompt, a quote, an image, a short story, an open question, and then asked to write for 3-5 minutes without stopping to worry about organizing thoughts, correcting spelling etc. The point is to create a nonthreatening atmosphere where students can feel free to just write. Later some of these quick first draft writings may be developed into more polished pieces.