Writing magical chairs

I can’t believe that I haven’t mentioned one of my favorite writing activities!  A few times a year, I like to do writing musical chairs.  Students must start writing.  Sometimes I give them a topic (today it was what they dream about when they are sleeping), and other times, they can choose their topic.  I start playing music.  When I stop, they have to stop writing and move to another chair.  They read that story and continue it.  I continue this for about 10 minutes.  It takes them awhile to read and start writing.  I also like to give a few longer pauses and shorter pauses.  Students really enjoy this, and they love returning to their paper to see what everyone has written!

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