At a restaurant recently, I overheard part of the conversation at an adjoining table. A man with a stentorian voice was complaining about one of his co-workers. “And the worse part,” the man boomed, “is that this guy constantly tries to take credit for my ideas, which you know is
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Want your students to ask questions experienced writers ask automatically? Available at no cost from Curriculum Pathways, Writing Reviser allows writers to focus on purpose and audience, essay structure, and use of written language (sentence economy, variety, power, and clarity). As a result, students learn to express themselves with greater precision and
Every day we hear from educators and students. And every day we listen -- to a tweet, an email supporting our team, a survey response, a comment on a resource at curriculumpathways.com, a review in the App Store, a rating in the Add-Ons for Google Docs, a comment on a
Let’s face it: teaching students to write well is a remarkably complex task. Whether they’re explicating an Emily Dickinson poem or reporting lab results for a science class, student writers must express themselves clearly and forcefully—and that usually involves revision. As James Baldwin knew, rewriting is both painful and
Are you one of the millions of writers using Microsoft Word, for work or life? Whether you are writing a narrative essay for your 5th-grade teacher due in two days, summarizing your methods and results for the lab report due by the end of the semester, drafting a new blog
The purpose of our innovative Writing Reviser tool is both significant and, I think, subtle—the tool aims to teach students how to write. No one would argue that this is easy. It isn't. We’ve all seen writing programs that take the “easy” path—marking student errors, subjecting students to endless “drill and kill”
When I’ve had the chance over the last few years to show Writing Reviser in classrooms and at conferences, I’ve been careful to point that its purpose is not punitive. Specifically, I mean that the tool does not simply search for and highlight mistakes that student writers inevitably make. Instead,
Good news! We’ve revised the Writing Reviser. We’re happy to announce a number of exciting new features we’ve recently added to the Writing Reviser menu to help students select words that are more vivid, accurate, and powerful. Give meaning to those empty expressions. A new feature in the Sentence Economy
We regularly revise and add features to Writing Reviser so that it is even more responsive to the needs of students! More specifically, we've bolstered the Writing Reviser menu to help students spot potentially problematic words and expressions, thus making their sentences clearer and more powerful. Tell the reader what “This” means.
In the spirit that even good work can get better with revision, we continually revise Writing Reviser. We think you'll be especially excited about a couple of features that help students revise words and expressions in ways that will make their sentences more varied and powerful. Draw on more words in your
It goes by many names. Proficiency-based education, mastery-based education, standards-based education, and—perhaps the most commonly used appellation these days—competency-based education. Whatever name you know it by, you’ve probably noticed that schools at every level are increasingly making the transition from a seat-time system of grade levels and courses to one
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
Working to reinforce the virtues extolled in our Writing Reviser, we’ve prepared a series of English language arts videos starring a lovable pit-bull named Muggs—aptly named after a dog owned by the famous American writer James Thurber. The synergy between the two tools has helped many students learn to write more forcefully,
The Byzantine particulars of documenting sources within a research paper and correctly formatting a final Works Cited page have frustrated students and teachers since the invention of papyrus. Worse, struggling to research the proper way to cite research sources steals valuable time from activities central to any writing class: refining the essay’s
Strings of choppy prepositional phrases often cripple student writing—especially when those phrases attempt to compensate for a weak verb, a tactic akin to filling up your radiator as a remedy for running out of gas. Consider this defilement of my first sentence: A common type of failing in writing by
A simple problem has long prevented students from revising their papers to correct mistakes with relative clauses: they can’t identify those clauses. Writing Reviser eliminates that problem. We highlight all the relative pronouns in an essay and present arrows pointing toward the word to which it relates. Students simply follow
Too often beginning writers revise their work without a clear sense of purpose. Sadly, that often results in a paper that becomes different rather than better, a process akin to someone blindly twisting and re-twisting a Rubik’s cube, uniformed by a larger strategy. The process can be painful to watch.
One of the easiest ways to lose a reader is to write a series of sentences with the exact same structure: “See Spot run. Watch him jump. Pet his head.” Compare that juvenile effect to one in which the student purposefully varies her sentence lengths: “Sitting in an expensive restaurant,
“Prefer active voice” may be the single most frequently dispensed injunction to improve writing. Strunk and White, George Orwell, and all student handbooks of the past 50 years extol the virtue of active verbs. But two problems often go unremarked: Students cannot reliably identify passive constructions in their own work.
Open the Statistics feature in the free Writing Reviser Google Doc Add-on, and you’ll see an elaborate but easy-to-read analysis of your entire essay. It’s the writerly equivalent of a blood test report, except that instead of listing your cholesterol level and lipid profile, we diagnose statistics crucial to the revision process.
Students increasingly use Google Docs to complete essays, lab reports, blog posts, and other writing tasks. That’s why Curriculum Pathways has created free digital resources; they include a revision add-on and a punctuation tool—both of which help students who use Google Docs improve any type of writing. So if you’re attending
Too often I hear my physics students complain about writing: they think it's important only in English classes. As teachers we know otherwise, but incorporating more writing into our classes can be demanding--especially when we have to get through core content. Working at SAS Curriculum Pathways this summer, I've discovered Writing
Among the millions of Google Drive users are many students who increasingly use Google Docs to create essays, lab reports, blog posts, and other forms of communication. That’s one reason why Curriculum Pathways created the SAS Writing Reviser Add-on, a tool that helps students using Google Docs improve any type
Since we launched the Writing Reviser Google Doc Add-on, I’ve been recommending it to everyone I meet: professional development participants, friends, colleagues, waiters, strangers at gas stations, everyone. Simply put, it’s an exciting, free tool that will improve your written work. But truth be told, while I have long familiarity
Even for the most vigilant, experienced writers, clarity can be an elusive goal. Again and again, no matter how hard we try to eliminate any trace of ambiguity, an infuriating gap often separates what we think we are saying from what we actually say. Consider this simple exercise. Insert the
Are you one of the more than 240 million users of Google Drive? Are you using Google Docs in the classroom, for work or life? Whether you are writing a narrative essay for your 5th-grade teacher due in two days, summarizing your methods and results for the lab report due
I recall sitting at my desk one sunny morning back in June, frowning at my computer screen as I reread the first two paragraphs of a blog I had been laboring over for the last hour. This is not working at all, I remember thinking. I’m not saying what I
I’m sure most students would agree that writing well—especially writing well for a variety of purposes—is not easy. On any given school day, a student might be asked to analyze a poem by Emily Dickinson, to construct a lab report following a science experiment, or to explain the historical
Perhaps you’ve had this nightmare. You’ve spent hours planning and drafting an essay for an assignment that’s due the next day. All of a sudden, your computer freezes or shuts down, and you can’t save your work. All that effort, all that time—wasted. And your deadline still looms. Well, there’s
Let me start by stating the obvious: teaching students to write well is hard. Yet teachers who have had success at the elementary level know that young writers can thrive when certain conditions and practices exist in the classroom. For instance, they know students need to be given time to