The Standards and Tests section of the Assignment Library allows teachers to browse NoRedInk's writing and grammar content by state standards and tests and quickly create aligned assignments.
Viewing alignment to standards and tests
From your teacher dashboard, click "Browse and Assign" to access the Assignment Library, followed by "Standards & Tests."
From the "Standards & Tests" section, you'll first select the state or national standard or test for which you'd like to browse content.
Next, you can filter by grade level and specific standards. You'll find a list of NoRedInk topics and activities nested directly under each standard:
Creating an assignment
To create an assignment, first click a standard to open a list containing NoRedInk topics and activities.
You can preview a topic by clicking, view lessons for the topic by clicking , view an interactive tutorial by clicking, and view the text source for a writing assignment by clicking .
Within each standard you'll find pre-made writing assignments, text sets, and prompts for both Quick Writes and Guided Drafts. Click the blue arrow next to an assignment to make any customizations, then assign it to your class.
To assign a Diagnostic, Practice, or Quiz assignment, select the checkbox next to the individual topics you'd like to include, then choose your activity type from the blue popup at the bottom of the screen.
You'll also find multi-paragraph Passage Quizzes listed with the topics that they cover, which can be assigned by clicking the arrow next to the passage.
Best practices and tips
- Plan out scope and sequence:
- You can use the Standards & Tests page to map NoRedInk content to an existing scope and sequence you're using
- Or, use the Standards & Tests page to plan your own curriculum for the year. You can use a Unit Diagnostic to identify which topics to focus on.
- Build Units focused on specific standards: Grouping topics together into Units is a great way to measure student growth within certain standards. While browsing standards, you can create a Unit Diagnostic by clicking the checkboxes for the topics you'd like to include. After students complete a Unit Diagnostic, you can assign Practice on any topics where students may be struggling, and later follow up with a Growth Quiz, which provides valuable data on how students have grown in the skills included in your Unit. More information on structuring Units available here!
Choosing content for different instructional scenarios
The variety of activities available on NoRedInk can fill many different needs. Here are a few ideas for how to utilize different assignment types in various scenarios:
- Bell-ringers or skill review: Quick Writes or individual Practice topics are great for helping students brush up on a skill
- Helping students improve their proficiency: If your students are struggling in a certain area, you can help reinforce their understanding of these skills by creating a Practice comprised of multiple topics. Including a Checkpoint topic allows students to combine skills in a more authentic, challenging setting.
- Building skills in-context: A Passage or skill-based Quick Write prompt allow students to apply their learning within the context of a longer work or in their own writing.
- Formal essay writing: Guided Drafts support students with scaffolded tips as they write and allow for multiple rounds of teacher-supported revision.
- Pre-teach with lessons and tutorials: After filtering for content, you can use our lessons and tutorials to pre-teach concepts to students before assigning them practice, as well as model example questions for the class. Lean more here.
Check out our handy alignment maps for state and national standards and assessments!