10-second review: Assign a topic and students write five lines—no more, no fewer—on the topic. Possible Topics: Patience, hollow, bananas, etc.
Title: “Five Lines.” JE Marine, Jr. Great Ideas from Learning [Magazine], Vol. 3, 1976, p. 9.
Here’s my example:
I lose my patience with commercials on TV. They usually occur right at the
moment that the Eagles are about to get the ball while losing by a touchdown
or a field goal. My biggest frustration is that I don’t understand the
commercials. A smiling woman flits by the camera and my patience is tested
because I can’t figure out what is being advertised. It’s a health care system!
Comment: Why do it? Part of the practice needed for quick response to given topics in standardized writing tests. RayS.
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