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Updated September 9th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

How to Resume Writing an Essay

If you have submitted an essay draft for scoring and later want to continue writing and/or revising: 1. On the Home tab, in your Writing History, click on the title of the Prompt you would like to resume.  2. On the Score Report that displays, click Revise. 3. Continue revising your essay. 4. When you are ready to submit your revised draft for scori...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Differentiating the Scoring Level

There may be times when you want to differentiate the scoring level for individual students’ needs. 1. On the Students tab, on the Find a Student page, select a student in the roster list, and then click Edit button on the right side of the screen.  2. Click Edit in the drop-down menu.  On the Edit Student page, you’ll see the Grade the student is i...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Creating School Prompts

As a School Administrator, you have the ability to create School Prompts that can be used in any course at a selected grade level. Teachers can individually customize options for a school prompt within their course.  On the Prompts tab, click + Add.  Create a Prompt Title and a Task/Activity Description to tell students what is expected when they wr...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Creating Student Accounts

Manually Creating New Student Accounts As a School Admin account holder, you have the ability to manually create accounts for new students. Teachers are unable to create new accounts, so they will request new student accounts from you. Once your initial roster has been completed and uploaded, you can manually create accounts for new students. Note: ...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Requesting Course-Level Reports

Course-level reports are accessible by only the teacher of a course. However, as a school administrator, you may request access from the teacher of a course to view course-level reports. On the Reports tab, click on Course Level Reports.  Scroll to the Request Course level Report section. Click the + Sign next to the name of the teacher of the cours...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Manually Creating New Teacher Accounts

Manually Creating New Teacher Accounts As an Administrator account holder, you have the ability to manually create accounts for new teachers. Note: If multiple new accounts are needed at once, importing a roster may be more efficient. 1. To manually create a teacher account, on the Users tab, enter the name of the teacher in the search bar to confir...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Adding Teachers to Courses

School Administrators have the ability to add teachers to courses. The steps below guide you through the process. On the Courses tab, scroll to the Courses section.  Search for the course by typing any part of the course name in the search bar.  Click the Name of the course, displayed in blue text. On the Manage Course page, scroll to the Teachers s...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Using the Rich Text Editor

The Rich Text Editor allows formatting of text. For teachers and administrators, the Rich Text Editor toolbar is located on the Add Prompt page below the Task/Activity Description text box. Bold text Align right Italicized text Justify Underlined text Heading 1 Subscript Heading 2 Superscript Heading 3 Numbered list Undo changes Bulleted list Redo c...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

How to Sign Out

Click on your initials or avatar in the blue circle in the upper right corner of the screen.  Click Sign Out....

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Creating Peer Review Groups

To take advantage of the Peer Review feature, you first need to set up Peer Review groups. On the Students tab, click on Peer Review Groups.  There are two options to set up your peer review groups. Option 1 – Random Groups 1. Click Randomize on the right side of the screen.  2. Choose a minimum group size in the drop-down menu. Then click Create Gr...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Removing a Student from the School

You have the ability to remove a student from the school in Writing Practice if the student left the school and is not returning during the current school year. On the Users tab, search for the student you would like to remove from the school. You can filter the list of students by entering any part of the student’s name in the search field and/or s...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Creating a New Course

On the Select a Course page, click Add a New Course.  On the Create a Course page, select your school or program from the drop-down menu.  Enter a name for your course.  From the drop-down menu, select the grade level for your course.  Click Save....

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Viewing Prompts

1. To access available prompts, click Prompts. The Prompts page displays a list of pre-packaged prompts. You can filter the prompts by status, type, genre, and content area, or you can search by keyword. 2. To enable or disable a prompt for student responses, click the box to the far left of the prompt title. 3. Click the Edit button, and then click...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Editing an Existing Course

As a School Administrator, you can edit the properties of an existing course. On the Courses tab, scroll down the Manage School page to the Courses section.  You can search for a course by typing any portion of the course name or course code in the search field. Click on the Course Name displayed in blue text.  On the Manage Course page, you can edi...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Removing Students from Courses

As a School Administrator, you have the ability to remove students from courses. Why should you remove students from courses? To clean a roster - If a student is no longer enrolled in your school, you may want to remove the student from courses so that the teacher no longer sees the student on the Writing Practice course roster.  To reclaim seats - ...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Providing Teacher Feedback

In addition to the immediate feedback that the PEG scoring engine provides for every draft on the six traits of writing, Writing Practice provides teachers the opportunity to choose when to provide their own targeted feedback. 1. To provide feedback, on the Home tab in the Recent Student Activity list, click on the Date of an essay that you want to ...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

How to Revise an Essay

On the Home tab, the Writing History table displays the essays you’ve written. The essays are listed in chronological order, starting with your most recent work. 1. Click the title of a Prompt to display the essay you would like to revise. 2. On the Score Report that displays, click Revise.  3. On the Practice Writing page, the Displaying drop-down ...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Roster Import Instructions

Log in with a school admin account. Select the desired school, if applicable. Scroll down to the bottom of the Courses tab and find the Roster section. Click the Download button and download a copy of the blank roster template.  Follow steps 1 and 2 on the Instructions tab to complete the roster. Save the completed roster and return to Writing Pract...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Previewing Lessons

On the Lessons tab under Lessons, a list of titles is displayed. For each lesson—in addition to the lesson title and description—the difficulty level, the approximate completion time, and audio capability are shown. 1. Select a Category of lessons. There are lessons for each of the six traits of writing, as well as grammar and passage exercises.  2....

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Updated September 9th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Using the Rich Text Editor

The Rich Text Editor allows formatting of text. The Rich Text Editor toolbar is located on the Practice Writing page below the Essay and Cited Sources text boxes. Formatting text with the Rich Text Editor does not impact the score of an essay.  Bold text Align right Italicized text Justify Underlined text Heading 1 Subscript Heading 2 Superscript He...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

How to Request Peer Review (only applies to accounts purchased by schools)

You can request Peer Review for your essay if your teacher has enabled it for the prompt. To request peer review by members of your peer review group: Write and submit at least one draft of an essay. On the Score Report for your scored essay, click request under Peer Review. A request for peer review will be sent to members of your peer review group...

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Updated September 3rd, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Assigning a Lesson

To assign a new lesson, on the Lessons tab, click the + assign button. The Assign Lessons page will display. On the left side of the page, you can search for a particular lesson by keyword or filter by category. Check the box next to the lesson or lessons you want to assign. On the right side of the page, you can search for a particular student by n...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

How to Access Assigned Lessons (only applies to accounts purchased by schools)

You can access Assigned Lessons in two places: Home Tab Assigned Lessons are displayed on the Home tab under the Assigned Lessons section. Lessons Tab Assigned Lessons are accessible on the Lessons tab under the Assigned Lessons section....

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Adding Students to a Course

Clicking the Students tab brings up the Find a Student page, which displays the course roster. To add students to the course roster, on the Find a Student page click + Add.  Select the radio button next to the name of each student you want to add to your course. A check mark will appear.  Click Add Selected, and the students will be added to your co...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Accessibility Options

There is a person icon in the upper right corner of pages in Writing Practice. Click on the icon to display a drop-down menu of Accessibility options. These options are available for teachers and students. In the upper row, you can change the Font Size.  You can select a Color Contrast.  Tint Overlay adds a color layer over the page.  A Line Reader ...

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Updated September 9th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

How to Begin Writing a New Essay

How to Begin Writing a New Essay 1. Select the Practice tab.  The Practice Writing page displays. 2. Click on a prompt title under Recommended by your Teacher or Other. 3. If you have an essay in-progress you will see a pop-up message with options to start a new essay, revise your essay, or cancel.  4. Read the prompt description and click the link(...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

How to “Finish” an Essay

Finishing an essay is the way to turn your essay into a final product for publishing. Once you Finish an essay, the essay cannot be revised. Note: If you click Finish by mistake, your teacher can retract it so that you may continue revising.  1. Write and revise your essay until you are satisfied that it is complete and ready for publishing. 2. On y...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Creating Peer Review Forms

The Peer Review feature allows students to give and receive constructive feedback on their writing. 1. For a pre-packaged prompt or a prompt that you create yourself, on the Edit Prompt page, click on the + Sign for the Peer Review option.    2. If you enable peer review for the prompt, you can choose whether you want the author’s name shown to the ...

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Updated January 22nd, 2024 by Jonathan Crosby

Options to Customize Prompts

There are a variety of options available to customize the prompts you enable for your students. When viewing or adding a prompt, on the Edit Prompt page, below the prompt information, click the + Signs to customize the prompt as desired in the areas of Planning, Prewriting, Drafting, Feedback, and Peer Review. Planning Due Date To set a Due Date for...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Creating a Prompt

In addition to pre-packaged prompts, you can create and add your own prompts. On the Prompts page, click the + Add button.  On the Add Prompt page, fill in details to create your own prompt. The three required fields are indicated with a red asterisk.  Title your prompt. The title becomes the link that students will select when choosing a prompt for...

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Updated September 6th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

Using the Rich Text Editor

The Rich Text Editor allows formatting of text. For teachers and administrators, the Rich Text Editor toolbar is located on the Add Prompt page below the Task/Activity Description text box.  Bold text  Align right  Italicized text  Justify  Underlined text  Heading 1  Subscript  Heading 2  Superscript  Heading 3  Numbered list  Undo changes  Bullete...

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Updated September 8th, 2022 by Jonathan Crosby

How to Complete a Peer Review (only applies to accounts purchased by schools)

On the Home tab, below your Writing History, is the Peer Reviews section. To complete a peer review for one of your peer review group members, click the Prompt title of a Pending peer review. The essay draft to be reviewed appears, as well as the peer review form created by your teacher. After reading the essay, enter comments for the questions. Whe...

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