Write About - Classroom writing community and publishing platform built by teachers.
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More Writing

Engaged Students

Better Writing

  • The biggest challenge we face to build literate identities
    = STUDENT ENGAGEMENT
  • Dr. Ernest Morrell

    Professor and former NCTE President

Autonomy and Agency

I can create, search, select, curate and share content that helps me grow as a writer and reader in an online environment.

Practice and Apply

I can produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

Publishing and Participation

I can use technology to purposefully publish my writing and interact with peers at the class, district, and global level.

Assert & defend
claims
Tell a story
Convey an
experience
Inform about a
subject
Respond to
literature
Reflect on
an event
  • An exceptional site, in particular for English Language Learners. It combines visual imagery, writing, speaking and listening - not to mention an authentic audience.
  • Larry Ferlazzo

    Author and ELA/ELL Teacher

Supporting Best Practices

Student Choice

Authentic Audience

Most important factors for motivating student writers:

Relatedness

Using writing as a way to connect with, and receive feed back from, teachers, family members, and friends.

"Write About motivates me to write because I know other people are going to read my posts."
Claudia, 6th grade

Autonomy

Choice has an equally important role in students feeling a desire to write. Source: Pew Research Center

"Write About has helped me become a better writer because the pictures give me inspiration."
Jamie, 6th grade

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FAQ's

What ages and grade levels is Write About for?

Elementary, middle school, and high school students have all had great success using Write About! We recommend a good starting point to be 2nd grade. With features for privacy, teacher moderation and content filtering, teachers can scaffold the experience appropriately.

Is Write About a curriculum?

We offer thousands of writing starters (Ideas) aligned to all core genres and do provide suggested lesson plans, but teachers bring their own curriculum and pedagogy for their class. It's up to you whether to integrate Write About into all or some of your units and you can choose how many custom writing experiences to create with your class(es) for the genre studies, literature responses and skill development from your standards.

The most successful classrooms allow students some choice-based writing time on the platform at least several times a week and also use it to go through the writing process for longer pieces.

What standards are covered with Write About?

Students have the opportunity to write and publish for all genres and purposes, so designing learning experiences with Write About as your platform will easily align to a wide variety of academic standards:

- Writing
- Speaking and Listening
- Language
- Research and Media
- Technology

Do students have to use writing prompts?

Nope. We believe that great visual Ideas can spark curiosity and engage student writers but also know that students often have their own ideas to write about. We fully embrace the option and provide the tools for authors to start writing and to publish writing with their own ideas and images.

Teachers on Write About use Ideas to provide choices within a certain genre or topic, to start a discussion around literature, have students reflect across content areas, and for thousands of other purposes.

We use the Workshop format or other specific methodology during our writing time, how will we have time for Write About?

Don't look at Write About as another thing to add. It's a platform for writing and a community for publishing writing...regardless of the genre, purpose, length or audience. We believe a balance between digital and physical is a healthy thing, and support your pencil/paper writer's notebooks whole heartedly! But when you want students to transition their writing skills into a digital space...when you want to empower them with choice and visual inspiration for creative sparks...when you want them to have an authentic audience for their writing...when you want them to leverage multi modal tools like audio and images...that's where we come in!

Is student writing public?

Only when the student author and the teacher want it to be. Private Posts are only visible to the student's teacher. Classmates Only posts are only visible to other students with the same teacher. Teachers can connect their class with other classes for a "walled garden" approach to sharing online.

What privacy and safety measures are in place?

A lot! Student privacy and safety are always a priority as we strive to build a positive writing community. Student accounts are associated with a teacher who is in control of all student activity. Only student first names are displayed throughout the site. Content can quickly be marked as abusive. Take a look at our Community Guidelines and Privacy Policy to learn more.

Questions about specific Features or Getting Started? Please visit our Help Center.