ACTIVE LEARNING TECHNIQUE 25Pre-Post Freewrite

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Description and Purpose

In a Pre-Post Freewrite, the instructor announces the lecture topic and asks students to write for three to five minutes, jotting down everything they know about the subject. The goal is for students to record as much information as possible without worrying about typical writing conventions such as grammar and punctuation. The instructor then lectures. At the end of the lecture, the instructor asks students to again write for five minutes, recording everything they know about the topic.

This technique is a “writing-to-learn” activity: a short, impromptu, and informal ...

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