Grades: 8 and 10
Requirements: A computer or tablet device with an Internet connection, current web browser, and updated plug-ins.
For questions about the WriteToLearn for Minnesota program, please dial 888-817-8659. For technical support for WriteToLearn, please dial 1-800-234-5832.
WriteToLearn is designed to provide students in Grades 8 and 10 with instruction, practice, and— when necessary-remediation for three vital literacy skills: writing, summarizing, and vocabulary building. In addition, WriteToLearn includes some activities for Grade 7 and 9 students and can be used to provide enrichment.
Students practice their essay and summary writing skills with access to over 650 writing prompts, including an ever expanding library of narrative, informational and argumentative topics, and nearly 1000 reading passages that cover topics in language arts science, social studies/history, sciences, and technical subjects. To aid in building word knowledge, WriteToLearn includes personalized vocabulary exercises in select reading passages.
Teachers can modify score settings on writing activities to meet the learning goals of all students, including English language learners. Although WriteToLearn provides a wealth of writing activities to assign, teachers can author their own prompts as well and include links to source documents, images, and videos. Easy-to-navigate reporting also allows teachers to analyze overall performance of the class quickly so that additional instruction can be provided for each student.
Aligned to New Standards
A big concern for educators today is ensuring that their classroom tools are aligned to the new Standards. WriteToLearn emphasizes the comprehension and analysis of informational texts while building reading, writing, and vocabulary skills across genres. WriteToLearn and the new Standards come together in four key areas:
1. Text Types and Purposes, including argument writing, informational/explanatory texts, and narratives;
2. Production and Distribution of Writing with an emphasis on development, organization, and style appropriate to the task and support for the planning, revising, editing, and rewriting cycle;
3. Research to Build and Present Knowledge; and
4. Range of Writing from extended time frames to a single sitting.
Teachers and school administrators can access assistance by clicking the Help link located in the upper
right corner of their WriteToLearn pages. For additional support, please contact our customer support
line at 1-800-234-5832 between the hours of 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday - Friday. Also,
e-mail, chat, and other product support are available at http://support.pearsonschool.com.
WriteToLearn supports a variety of configurations. While other combinations of settings and software versions may also function, the following are the recommended configurations for optimal use:
Technical Support documentation is available within the WriteToLearn application. If you require additional support, please contact our customer support line at 1-800-234-5832 between the hours of 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday — Friday. Also, e-mail, chat, and other product support are available at http://support.pearsonschool.com.
|Program Overview - A high-level description of the Minnesota Writing Program and more about the online literacy program WriteToLearn.|
|WriteToLearn Overview - Sue Ann Towle provides a high-level program overview and how WriteToLearn is an easy-to-use, flexible and effective literacy tool.|
|Common Core Standards Alignment - WriteToLearn is aligned with the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects.|
|Efficacy Report - Research and case studies that highlight the efficacy of WriteToLearn.|
|WriteToLearn FAQ - Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about WriteToLearn.|
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You can find a complete list of our resources at writetolearn.net.