A. Instruction - 8.3
B. Design - 10
C. Engagement - 8.7
Writing Reviser: Improving Writing Using Analytics!
Summary : Support Students’ Writing Development!
The Writing Reviser from Curriculum Pathways provides users with a tool for analyzing their writing. The analysis offers detailed insights into multiple components of their writing, including essay structure along with sentence economy, variety, power, and clarity.
To begin using this tool, users must first register with Curriculum Pathways, which is free for students and teachers. Next, they can load the Writing Reviser followed by clicking the green “Launch Resource” button. Users then have the option to “create” or “load” their essay. (For the purposes of this review, it will follow the “create” essay option.) Users should click the “create” essay option, and they will be prompted to name the purpose of the essay and their intended audience in the first two fields before typing (or copying and pasting) their essay into the bottom field. Once inserted, users should click the “submit” button on the left side of the screen.
At this point, the website will analyze the essay and report the analytics. To access those reports, users should click the different topics – essay structure, sentence economy, sentence variety, sentence power, and sentence clarity – on the left side of the screen. As users click through those topics, they can see where those elements appear in their writing and read more information about them on the left side of the screen. As users view the analytics, they can revise their writing that appears on the right side of the screen.
When finished revising, users can click the “Save to My Portfolio” option to keep their work in the Curriculum Pathways website; the “send” button to email a copy of their writing; or the “Finished” button to save, print, send, or export their writing as a Word document.
Instructional Ideas for Writing Reviser
- After drafting a piece of writing, students can load it in this tool to analyze and revise it. Once revised, students can submit their writing to their teacher for grading using the send feature.
- After using this tool a few times, students can reflect on common errors they noticed they repeatedly make in their writing. They can then outline a plan for how they can improve their writing, so they stop making the same mistakes. Teachers can have individual conferences with their students about their plan and check-in with them over the course of the class
- Teachers can have students analyze a piece of the same piece of writing using this resource along with Slick Write and Grammarly. Students can compare if the resources report the same or different feedback about their writing, and teachers can use that comparison as a springboard to a class conversation about which resource(s) they prefer and why. That way, after the conversation, students can pick one of those resources and use it to improve their writing.
|A2. 21st Century Skills|
|A3. Conn. to Future Learning|
|A4. Value of Errors|
|A5. Feedback to Teacher|
|A6. Level of Material|
|A7. Cooperative Learning|
|A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.|
|B1. Ability to Save Progress|
|B2. Platform Integration|
|B3. Screen Design|
|B4. Ease of Use|
|B6. Goal Orientation|
|B7. Information Presentation|
|B8. Media Integration|
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity|
|C1. Learner Control|
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