1. something they learned
2. something that is not clear
3. a question
4. the topic they are writing on
5. a working thesis
6. the title of a good source they found
7. a short rhetorical analysis
This could be anything, and it can serve several purposes: to keep them engaged for what's coming up, as formative assessment, as communication between us (often I respond and pass it back the next class period). Students who do not like to raise a hand in class feel heard and get questions answered. It's a quick way for me to see what they get, the direction in which they are going, and to know which students may need extra visiting during the next class.