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!