Instructions for “Fast Writes” Clearly communicate what the students are to write about. Give them a minimum number of lines to write (usually ten lines). Give them a time limit (usually 5-10 minutes). Grade assignments on best effort. Very large writing and statements of topic are not a “best effort.” Students should label their paper with the topic, number of lines required and the time limit. Students should skip every other line while writing. Students may pose questions if they do not have enough previous knowledge to complete the assignment with facts.