Our team knows that having extended time away from school can leave you wondering how to best support your students.
NoRedInk will be up and running to help you throughout any closures. We’ve put together some tips below to help make sure your students can access NoRedInk and continue writing!
❗️For the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, we're also expanding our free offering in light of COVID-19. Learn more here!
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- Accessing NoRedInk outside of school
- Distance learning using NoRedInk
Accessing NoRedInk outside of school
💡If you're new to NoRedInk or haven't logged on in a while, our step-by-step Getting Started Guide is a great place to start getting your account set up!
1. Logging in at home
We've put together a guide for helping students get logged in to NoRedInk, complete with an invitation letter you can send students, here.
You can also share this video with students who may be logging in for the first time to help them get started using NoRedInk!
2. Communicating your learning plan to families
In case students need extra help, it’s good to prepare some take-home information so that families can be of support! For parents or guardians unfamiliar with NoRedInk, this article provides an overview: How does NoRedInk work?
3. Sharing assignments
Sharing assignment links with students
If your school uses an LMS, or if your login portal is equipped to share announcements/information, this is a great time to use them! You can set expectations with students so that they know exactly what to be working on in NoRedInk. You can share a direct link to specific assignments by following these steps.
🚀If your school uses Google Classroom, you can even post assignments directly!
Sharing assignments with teachers
To save time planning, or if your grade-level team is collaborating in planning, you can also share assignments with other teachers! You can find step-by-step instructions for sharing assignments here!
4. Assisting students without computer or internet access
We have a number of resources available that can be used offline to support students through the writing process:
- If you’d like to assign informal writing or journaling, check out our library of Quick Write prompts.
- If you’d like to assign a formal essay, check out our Guided Drafts prompts.
- If students are preparing for an upcoming essay, our team has a library of printer-friendly pre-writing materials available here!
It may be helpful to print some lessons or activities for students to review offline. For more information, see this article: How do I print things from NoRedInk?
Distance learning using NoRedInk
Below are some suggestions to support students with their writing while away from the classroom! Students can access any assignments you've created for your class, even when they are working from home. There's some more information on how to create assignments here!
📅You can control when assignments appear on your students’ home pages by adjusting the start and due dates, as shown here!
Quick Write Challenge
Maintain writing skills with 11 weeks of engaging, 15-minute prompts.
Day-by-Day Lesson Plans
These 10 weeks of daily plans include 20-80 minutes per day of mix-and-match activities that can be assigned with a click. Activities include skill building, informal writing, and essay writing.
Self-Directed Learning Guide for Students
This guide is for students who want to work independently at home (without teacher support). The practice plan includes 9+ weeks of daily recommendations that students can independently access with a click.
- Tips for students: Using NoRedInk at home (includes the following resources)
Resources for using Guided Drafts remotely
- Article: Best practices for using Guided Drafts remotely
- Sample Unit Plans for Remote Guided Drafts
- Video for Students: How to make the most of Guided Drafts
- Handout for Students: Tips for Using Guided Drafts at home
Text-based Quick Write prompts
Lightweight prompts about engaging texts that will keep students reading and writing at home.
Quick Write prompts to support students with self-directed work
Prompts for pre-work and post-work reflection, self-review of assignments, and self-directed reading and reflection.
NoRedInk’s tutorials are interactive mini-lessons that break writing and grammar concepts down into manageable chunks. We've made our entire library of interactive tutorials available to all users for the rest of the school year. You can find our library of tutorial links that can be shared with students, as well as tips for using tutorials with students remotely, here: Using interactive tutorials for distance learning
We'd love your feedback! How well are these resources meeting your needs? What would you like to see more of? Let us know in this 1-question survey.
Changes can happen abruptly, leaving little time to prepare a lesson plan. If you’re looking for a speedy way to provide assignments to students, look no further than the Featured Assignments tab in the Curriculum Library. This resource contains a collection of popular assignments organized by grade level. Learn more here.
Check out our Featured Assignments tab here!
Sample Writing Units and Lesson Plans
Looking for ideas of how to sequence NRI assignments into units or to accomplish different learning objectives? Check out our sample plans here. They include pre-made assignments that you can create by directly by clicking on them, and many of these plans can be adapted for at-home use.
3. Master skills via Practice assignments
A quick, engaging way to build or reinforce skills is via mastery-based Practice. You can choose some topics you’d like students to focus on and create a Practice assignment from our Curriculum Library!
🎯You can filter by grade level within the "Standards" tab of our Curriculum Library to make sure you're assigning topics appropriate for your classes! Effective Wednesday March 18th, all teachers will also be able to access NoRedInk's Premium standards alignment filters for the remainder of the school year.
See how to monitor students’ progress here: How do I see student progress on a Practice assignment?
Using their Learn page, students have access to a variety of lessons for each topic. Students can also practice topics on their own to earn progress towards mastery. It may be helpful to share this article on accessing the Learn page directly with students: How do I practice topics on my own?
💡Encouraging students to complete practice is a great time to offer extra credit or challenge students to see who can master the most topics! You can also use our Leaderboards feature to view a count of mastered topics by student for each class.
You can also monitor student progress from your Student Data page by following these steps!
4. Keep students writing with Quick Writes
Assigning a Quick Write is a lightweight way to keep students writing by providing a prompt and few focus areas. What is a Quick Write?
This is a great time for students to reflect on how they are feeling, or to provide them with one of our existing prompts listed here! After students submit their writing, you’ll be able to view their work and leave a comment while grading.
✏️Our team put together a Quick Write Challenge that includes eleven weeks worth of 15-minute prompts to help your students stay engaged! The teacher plan includes assignments you can create with a click, and the student plan can be used offline.
Assign a Quick Write by clicking here!
5. Provide support using Guided Drafts
We know it’s tough to guide your young writers while away from school, and there’s no replacement for a skilled teacher. However, if you can't be there to support your students one-on-one, Guided Drafts can help by providing students scaffolded tips and exemplars as they draft. Tell me about Guided Drafts!
🍎For the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, NoRedInk's Premium Guided Drafts suite is available to all teachers.
Once your students have submitted their draft, you can provide some instruction remotely by leaving comments on their work and requesting additional revisions. You can even view students’ revision history after they complete multiple drafts of their work.
✏️If you're looking for some ways to use Guided Drafts with your students remotely, our team has put together some best practices here! We also have created sample unit plans for six essay genres. All plans are available here, and genre-specific units are here.
📹If you'd like to provide some additional instruction to your students on how to complete a Guided Draft assignment, we recommend sharing this video with them.
Assign a Guided Draft by clicking here!
6. Review skills with Passage Quizzes
📚Premium Passage Quizzes will be available for all users through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
Our Passage Quizzes allow students to practice their skills in an authentic setting comprised of high-interest, nonfiction content, with subjects ranging from "Taylor Swift: Fan Favorite" to "The Accidental Invention of Chocolate Chip Cookies." Since students will test their skills in the context of a longer piece of writing, Passage Quizzes make great culminating assignments if you've assigned students Practice on multiple topics within a Pathway. You can learn more about how to assign a Passage Quiz here!
✏️If you're looking for some ways to use Passage Quizzes with your students remotely, our team has put together some best practices here!
✅No matter which type of activity you assign your students, you can view your students' results and progress by following the steps listed in this article!