My students completed the free write related to bullying yesterday. We began by talking about the difference between bullying and conflict. The students "popcorned" examples of both. I was surprised and gladened by the fact that many had not experienced, nor seen, acts of bullying. I instructed those to write about what they would do if they did see a classmate being bullied.
I enjoy the free write format. Students are willingly writing. They do not feel the stress of creating the "perfect" paper. However, they are still practicing writing.