Professor and former NCTE President
I can create, search, select, curate and share content that helps me grow as a writer and reader in an online environment.
I can produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
I can use technology to purposefully publish my writing and interact with peers at the class, district, and global level.
Author and ELA/ELL Teacher
Using writing as a way to connect with, and receive feed back from, teachers, family members, and friends.
Choice has an equally important role in students feeling a desire to write. Source: Pew Research Center
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.
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.
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:
- Speaking and Listening
- Research and Media
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.
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!
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.
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