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WriteToLearn

 

Overview: WriteToLearn™ is a complete online tool for building writing skills and developing reading comprehension for students in grades 4-12.

Other Languages: English, Spanish, Chinese

Administration: Online

Completion Time: 15-50 minutes

Scores/Interpretation: Automated Scoring

 
 

Product Details

Growing Literacy Skills for Every Student

WriteToLearn™, a fully automated online literacy tool, assesses writing and returns targeted instructional feedback within seconds, providing opportunities for students to build writing skills and develop reading comprehension while expanding their vocabulary. The embedded writing activities and multilingual support tools, align with Common Core and are beneficial for English learners. 

This innovative web-based tool provides students the opportunity to practice their essay writing and summary writing skills; select reading passages also include vocabulary-enhancing activities. WriteToLearn instantly assesses student work by evaluating the meaning of text, not just grammar and spelling. With WriteToLearn, teachers can assign students more reading, writing, and vocabulary practice while reducing time spent on laborious editing and scoring. As a result, they can spend more time on lesson planning and focused, individualized instruction.

Effective Literacy Instruction

WriteToLearn offers three activities for improving literacy skills:

Summary Writing – to develop reading comprehension

  • Vocabulary – to expand word knowledge
  • Essay Writing – to build writing skills

These components reinforce the required interplay between reading, writing and vocabulary—the bedrock of literacy. Plus, teachers spend less time on grading, enabling them to focus more individual instruction.

Support for English Learners

WriteToLearn supports a variety of learning strategies that are especially beneficial to English learners; with effective literacy instruction with essay prompts to build writing skills, summarization to improve reading comprehension and vocabulary exercise to build word knowledge. WriteToLearn is fully automated tool, that provides students with the opportunity to practice writing and receive immediate feedback and instruction and take advantage of the multilingual support tools such as text-to-speech in English, Spanish and Chinese, embedded picture/text dictionary, word prediction and writing tips and summary hints to help scaffold the writing process.

WriteToLearn supports a variety of learning strategies that are beneficial to English language learners:

  • Summary writing activities promote close reading of informational texts, aiding students in identifying main and supporting ideas.
  • Intelligent hints emphasize important ideas students may have missed while reading.
  • Personalized vocabulary exercises teach academic and domain-specific vocabulary to support reading development and content-area learning.
  • Leveled essay feedback with examples gives suggestions for improvement.
  • Guided essay writing tips help scaffold the writing process.
  • Writing activities from across subject areas are for English language learners.

Alignment with the Common Core

WriteToLearn is the only online writing instruction tool developed to reinforce the interplay between reading, writing, and vocabulary—the bedrock of literacy and key elements of the Common Core States Standards (CCSS). By original design, the program includes activities and features that are now emphasized in the CCSS, such as: (bullet) Practice writing across the curriculum with informational texts from a variety of subject areas, including many reading passages focused in the areas of English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies (bullet) Development of reading comprehension through summary writing activities (bullet) Use of increasingly difficult texts since all of WriteToLearn’s reading passages include a Common Core grade band and Pearson’s Reading Maturity Metric score to identify text complexity For a complete understanding of how WriteToLearn can improve literacy performance specifically around understanding and reasoning about authentic text for CCSS, we invite you to read our CCSS report. Download full report.

 


Teachers and school administrators can access assistance by clicking the Help link located in the upper right corner of their WriteToLearn pages. For additional support, please contact our customer support line at 1-888-977-7100 between the hours of 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday - Friday. Also, e-mail, chat, and other product support are available at http://support.pearsonschool.com.

WriteToLearn supports a variety of configurations. While other combinations of settings and software versions may also function, the following are the recommended configurations for optimal use:

Windows

  • Windows 7, Windows 8
  • 512 MB RAM (minimum)
  • Chrome; Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 (Compatibility View off) and 11; Firefox 36

Macintosh

  • OS X 10.9
  • 512 MB RAM (minimum)
  • Safari 7; Chrome

Other Devices/Tablets

  • iPad, iOS 7.x (limited functionality for Texthelp tools)
  • Android 4.2.2 with Chrome (limited functionality for Texthelp tools)
  • Chromebook (Chrome)

Additional Requirements

  • JavaScript enabled
  • Current version of QuickTime player (needed for some embedded content)

Bandwidth

  • If using the text-to-speech feature: 30 kbps (kilobits per second) per student required, 1024 kbps per class of 30 students recommended
  • If not using text-to-speech: 512 kbps per class of 30 students recommended

Resources

To learn more about WriteToLearn, please view the following resources:

  • WriteToLearn Overview Video
  • WriteToLearn Common Core Report
  • WriteToLearn Efficacy Report
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