We've assembled some suggestions and created new resources for implementing distance learning so that you can support students with their writing while away from the classroom! If you're looking for help getting students logged in to NoRedInk from home, see this article.
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- Resources for remote learning
- Best practices for using NoRedInk
Our team created a library of new resources to assist you with creating lessons and supporting your students while you can't be with them in the classroom.
Quick Write Challenge
Eleven weeks of engaging, 15-minute prompts to help students get started writing quickly.
Day-by-Day Lesson Plans
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.
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
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Best practices for distance learning with NoRedInk
Below are some suggestions for leveraging the various assignments available in NoRedInk to keep your learners engaged with with their writing.
Looking for ideas of how to sequence NoRedInk 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.
2. Master skills via Practice assignments
Assigning Practice to your students
An 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.
🎯You can filter by grade level in the Standards & Tests section of the Assignment Library to make sure you're assigning topics appropriate for your classes!
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.
3. 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. Learn more about Quick Writes here: What is a Quick Write?
This is a great time for students to reflect on how they are feeling, or for them to respond to 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!
4. 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. Learn more about Guided Drafts here: Tell me about Guided Drafts!
Once your students have submitted their drafts, you can provide some feedback 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 a sample lesson plan for distance learning using Guided Drafts.
Here are some additional resources you may find useful when assigning a Guided Draft:
- Guided Draft prompts
- Pre-writing materials for students
- A video overview of Guided Drafts for students
Assign a Guided Draft by clicking here!
5. Review skills with Passage Quizzes
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!
🍎Need help getting your students set up using NoRedInk at home? Check out this article!