As writing teachers, we have many different writing assignments of varying length. Students write timed essays, five-paragraph essays, formal research papers, poetry, and creative non-fiction. My classroom, for instance, included marathon-length research papers, a half marathon of a literary analysis, and a group-drafted rhetorical analysis project that is best described as a relay. But before I discovered Minute Papers, my classroom was missing a sprint.
In a track meet, the sprint events are my favorite. They are short, exciting bursts of
athletic prowess that get me on my feet and craning my neck to see who finishes first. These are the events that the crowd loves.
To run my students through the track meet that is a school year and to not provide the excitement of the sprint events would be a disservice to their writing muscles.
- You must write for the entirety of the race (usually 2-4 minutes).
- You must stay in your lane. No disrupting other sprinters.
- Finish strong! Don’t give up in the last 10 yards of the race.