FAQ: Four Ways to Get Started with Writing Reviser

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Writing Reviser, the free Curriculum Pathways writing tool, allows student writers to focus on purpose and audience, essay structure, and expressiveness in their own drafts — rather than in some abstract textbook example in which they have no investment and (alas, too often) little interest. Available on the web and as a Chrome or iPad app — or as a Google Doc Add-on — Writing Reviser helps students begin to think like experienced writers.

What's the best way for a teacher or student to get started using this amazing tool? Well, Curriculum Pathways provides various implementation and use ideas. Here are four ways you can get started — in your classroom or in your own writing!

1. Watch a Video

Our YouTube channel includes Quick Tour videos for all of the tools in the Writing Navigator series: Planner, Drafter, Reviser, and Publisher. We also have a video for the free Writing Reviser Google Doc Add-on.

2. Read a Blog

Members of our English language arts team have written extensively about Writing Reviser, including features and implementation ideas — and how they themselves use the tool. Here's just a sample:

Quick and informative, these posts include video and images that highlight key features and ideas. Some of them also include GIFs. How fun is that?

This GIF highlights the way Writing Reviser identifies prepositional phrases in student drafts.

3. Take an Online Course

Teaching Writing in the Digital Age, one of our free online professional development courses, examines the student writing process, from prewriting activities, such as brainstorming, through research, drafting, revision, and publishing. Using the free Writing Navigator as a guide and tool, we provide instruction and review key components of student writing; we also highlight examples of digital resources that support effective writing instruction.

The course enables you to select material relevant to your specific needs and interests. And you don't have to take the full course to gain valuable insights. But if you do, you can earn renewal credit — all for free!

4. Review an Associated Lesson

Many Curriculum Pathways English language arts lessons use Writing Reviser. See, for example, Frederick Douglass Shows How to Avoid Fragments and Run-ons and Always Avoid Clichés Like the Plague. With sample texts from the lesson, students can literally see how to improve the text. Topics include:

  • Strong Verbs
  • Passive Voice
  • Prepositional Phrases
  • Topic Sentences
  • Commas
  • Clauses
  • Informational Texts
  • High-Quality Literary Texts

All of these lessons are itemized on the Writing Reviser information page. Just scroll down to Lessons Using This Resource.

So that's four easy ways to get started. Or you can simply download the Google Doc Add-on and get to work on your own essay!

And one last note: we built Writing Reviser based on our discussions with teachers about the challenges they faced in the digital classroom. So however you get started, share your writing adventures with us! Educator feedback is our number one source of new features and resources!

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Ralph Moore

Ralph Moore coordinates and conducts professional development for Curriculum Pathways. He works with schools and organizations around the country and has presented at conferences for organizations such as the National Council for the Social Studies and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. A former army officer and social studies teacher, he spent 10 years on the Curriculum Pathways humanities team creating new digital curriculum products.

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