Although most often used as a tool to refine an entire essay, Writing Reviser also offers innovative opportunities to isolate and overcome some of the most durable stumbling blocks to forceful writing. Let’s consider one perennial obstacle: recognizing—and choosing skillfully between—active and passive verbs. In the traditional approach, students look
Available as a web and iOS app, and Chromebook app, Reading Records is the perfect complement to conducting running records of reading. The ability to record students as they read aloud, and the built-in tools for assigning, evaluating, and analyzing performance, add much needed efficiency to the running records process. Reading
Two of our most powerful interactive tools—Writing Reviser and Punctuation Rules!—become even more powerful when used in tandem. Indeed they are designed to be used that way. Both products use natural language processing, so they respond to each student’s own work, not generic examples in which the student has no investment.
One of the most frustrating problems writing teachers face in the digital age is the ease with which students are able to cheat by copying online text and passing it off as their own. We all know the story. A student needs some help with an essay about, say,
Gustave Flaubert said that we read in order to live. Common Core State Standards in English language arts are a bit less poetic than Flaubert, but they make something of the same point. They identify reading as a foundational skill and require students to analyze complex nonfiction texts to determine
Teachers can’t just give brilliant, isolated lectures or conduct fascinating, stand-alone activities and hope students will somehow connect these diverse components into a cohesive whole. To help students master the fundamentals of any discipline, teachers must build units of integrated materials that highlight essential connections and satisfy a variety of
Writing Navigator—from Curriculum Pathways—is a suite of tools designed to guide and support students in all four stages of writing: planning, drafting, revising, and publishing. We’ve recently released the final tool in this suite: Writing Publisher. It helps students put the finishing touches on their essays. That means documenting sources and proofreading.
Curriculum Pathways supports English Language Learner (ELL) instruction, which we consider to be one of today’s most important educational challenges. Imagine walking into a classroom where you are not only the new kid but the new kid who can’t understand what others are saying. Imagine being the teacher trying to
In June of 1855, Walt Whitman set the type for the first printing of his Leaves of Grass. To mark the 159th anniversary of that event, we’ve selected some inspiring lines from the canonical poet who—unlike many of his peers—was a great champion of technology. There was a child went
This is the second in a series detailing how SAS Curriculum Pathways supports the Advanced Placement curriculum. For an introduction and overview, check out this earlier post. One of the joys of teaching Advanced Placement English is helping students learn to analyze and write about complex texts. Whether you ask them to
Running records of students’ reading are considered a valuable source of data for reading instruction, but also a significant time sink and generally tricky to administer. Reading Records is an anytime, anywhere solution that promises to yield the same valuable data without compromising precious class time (while providing several enhancements to the old paper-and-pencil method).
If you've been following the news lately, you may have heard a lot of debate about the academic profiles of college athletes. In a recent report published by CNN, Mary Willingham, a learning specialist at UNC, argued that from 2004 to 2012 a large number of athletes were reading far
In the beginning was the word, along with the pencil and paper, and the word was with students. Eons later, teachers looked at student writing and saw that it was (to invert the Old Testament lingo) not good: a Tower of Babel. So our priority was to create a set
Increasingly, third graders who aren't reading proficient are more likely to become high school dropouts . Our education system has drawn a clear line: third graders must read at grade level. Why? K-2 education devotes more time and greater emphasis to reading. Reading skills required to learn across subject areas become critical
“Writing is easy,” said Gene Fowler. “All you do is sit staring at a blank piece of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.” Other than replacing blank pages with blank computer screens, technology has done mercilessly little to reduce the agony of student writers or improve
It's the new school year and you are handed a shiny new iPad. What do you start putting on it? SAS Curriculum Pathways of course! We have been working to bring you more mobile options, both new and old. We've begun to update our award-winning resources, and we've created no-cost