In one of the extra classes that I teach, "Writing" was on the schedule for today. The only problem is that they are beginners, so it can be kind of difficult to make it happen in an interesting, easy-to-understand kind of way. So, this is what I often do in this situation:
Take whatever you're studying in the unit. In this case, it was free time leisure activities. Then, make a fill in the blank paragraph on the board or Powerpoint.
I live in ______. In _________, people like to __________, _____________, ______________, and _____________in their free time. Young people think ____________is __________because ______________.
First I fill in the blanks using the city where my uni is (and where I happen to live). Then, I turn the students loose to do their own hometown. It takes about 5 minutes. My hope it that the students can get the hang of making some interesting, grammatically correct sentences and still use some of their own creativity and thinking power.