Write About - Starter Kit – Teacher

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Write About was built to be a part of the writing process in classrooms, helping students find an audience and teachers give personalized feedback. Social publishing and writing pedagogy are part of the same conversation, and these resources and lessons will help your class make the transition to digital writing!

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Digital Writing Starter Kit: Teacher Guide

We’re thrilled that you’ve chosen Write About to provide your students with new digital writing and publishing opportunities! Use this guide, along with our lesson plans, to help you map out how to integrate the platform into your classroom.

What is Write About?
Write About is a social publishing platform that provides an easy way for students to write Posts. It is filled with visual writing Ideas to elicit student interest and spark creativity. Students can connect with their class, publish directly to an audience and discover writing topics based on their interests using Groups.

Teachers are using Write About to make the curricular transition to digital writing and help students meet expected writing outcomes, including for the Common Core State Standards, while keeping student engagement high. Features like private teacher annotations and voice feedback maintain a focus on writing quality while custom publishing layers allow for the desired level student privacy.

Checklist: Getting Started

  • I have viewed, searched and filtered writing Ideas. [view help/video]
  • I have made at least one of my own Ideas. [view help/video]
  • I have checked out and followed at least one Gallery. [View Genre galleries or the Ideas with Audio gallery]
  • I have created my own Gallery that I can show students [view help/video]
  • I have changed my profile picture and made Connections with other teachers [view help/video]
  • If necessary, I have sent home the parent permission form [download/print]
  • I have created student accounts or had students register themselves. [view help/video]
  • I have adjusted permissions in the Manage Students tab. [view help/video]
  • I have created Group(s) for my Class(es). [view help/video]

Checklist: Preparing Students

  • If necessary, students know how to register themselves or sign in using the Teacher Code [view help]
  • I have shown students how to access the custom login page for the class [view example]
  • I have talked to students about social publishing and had the class set expectations for what positive and safe writing looks like online. [View Community Guidelines]
  • I have modeled and discussed Commenting techniques for providing positive and helpful feedback with the class. [View student video and resources]
  • I have shown students how to access the Student Guide for the Starter Kit [View student starter kit]

Introduction to lesson plans / features

We have included the following features in our lesson plans:

  • Objectives: Written in student-friendly terminology, the objectives set the tone for the lesson.
  • Standards: All lessons are aligned to the Common Core Standards.
  • Vocabulary: We have identified vocabulary words connected to the platform and to the content.
  • Materials: We have included a list of materials required for the lessons.
  • Lesson Outline: We provide detailed step-by-step instructions for the lessons, but we also encourage teachers to personalize lessons to your own context.
  • Enrichment / Extension Activities: All lessons include enrichment or extension activities for students who finish early or who want to extend their work at home.
  • Accommodations: We list possible accommodations, including additional tutorials that students might need.
  • Assessment: The assessments are broken up into both formative and summative assessments.

Get Started with Lesson One! >