In one of last week’s most-clicked education stories, three teachers took a 30-day challenge to spend 10 minutes every day writing about 1 of 10 preselected objects.
Through object writing exercises, these teachers developed a deeper understanding of writing as a habitual practice that incorporated publishing for an audience, researching a topic, and refining previous work. Focused practice in writing freed these teachers to approach their objects from a variety of perspectives and purposes.
Object writing can be used in any classroom as a way to warm up students—to each other or to the lesson’s topic. Students should share their writing with each other and reflect on why they made certain choices about their object and what that says about their perspective. If students need more structure to dive into object writing, object prompts could be combined with cubing (i.e., describe it, compare it, associate it, analyze it, apply it, argue for or against it), which asks students to see something from six conceptual vantage points.
How might you use object writing in your classroom?