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Let's get writing! Short writing activities using Spark

Project Published 2/5/20 Last updated on 3/31/20

These writing activities were designed by Dominic Traynor,

a former primary and secondary teacher, who is now an Education Evangelist for Adobe.

Writing and written communication is so important, but writing a full "essay" can also be daunting! It's important to give students the opportunity to do quick, short, guided writing practice.

These Spark videos with background content knowledge were designed to stimulate writing using a short 2 minute video as the prompt. With the video, students are given the necessary background and context a particular issue to answer four short questions. You can use these activities as "200 word writing challenges", or increase or decrease the word count and complexity to meet the needs of your students.

This can be set as a homework task to be completed using Adobe Spark Page but it can also be used as a timed writing challenge in class. Get your students to submit their completed Spark Page link to you, which they can share via your LMS, email, Google/Microsoft Forms, Google Classrooms, or whichever digital communication tool you use in your class.

Writing doesn't need to be daunting! Make it short, quick, light, and fun!

Use any of the templates below, or adapt or create your own:

  • Adobe Spark

    Adobe Spark is an easy-to-use tool that helps you turn your ideas into compelling social graphics, web stories, and animated videos

Age Levels
1-2 Hours

All you need for this activity is Spark, which can be used on any laptop, PC, tablet, or mobile device.

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Kylie F

Posted on 5/29/20 2:45:29 AM Permalink

​where is the template for this? I can only find the video

Linda Burns

Posted on 5/29/20 6:31:06 PM Permalink

I'd like a template as well so that I can customize. It looks like a great lesson. ​

Peter Krizovensky

Posted on 5/14/20 10:02:52 AM Permalink

​I suppose students will agree with assignments like this more as usual. Very nice and creative templates to share.

Tyler Swartz

Posted on 3/19/20 5:23:44 PM Permalink

​This is a cool assignment that I think students will like.