Instant Multi-Category Scoring
Classroom instructional time is valuable. To make the most of it, NC Write provides immediate evaluation of student writing by generating feedback for each essay within seconds of its submission. Comprehensive score reports include trait scores for each of the Six Traits of Writing, suggested improvements, and recommended lessons.
NC Write includes prepackaged writing prompts that are customized to each grade level. Designed to help your students become better writers, these prompts are aligned to the Narrative, Argumentative, and Informative/Explanatory categories of writing. Select prompts also contain stimulus material, including additional reading passages, web links, and videos, for students to reference in their essays. Teachers, school administrators, and district personnel can customize their own writing assignments, including constructed response prompts, to align with school and district learning initiatives. Prompts can be assigned to specific students, or they can choose from a list of enabled prompts in their Practice tab. Advanced prompt settings give teachers control over the timed length of an essay and the number of revisions allowed. Teachers can also set specific parameters for spelling and grammar feedback and enable or disable peer review in the advanced prompt options.
Prewriting can prevent many obstacles in writing with illogical flow, unclear purpose, and irrelevant topics, to name a few. That's why NC Write includes dozens of graphic organizers that students can use to practice and organize their writing. Graphic organizers are available to students for all prompts in NC Write. Specific organizers are recommended by the system based on the selected prompt, or students can choose another from the collection. The graphic organizer is accessible during the prewriting, writing, and revision process, so the student can always refer to it while working on their essays. Graphic organizers can also be saved without submitting for a score, so students can come back and complete it on their own time.
Writing Across the Curriculum
In order to prepare students for writing on a college and professional level, schools should encourage students to write on different topics in a variety of styles across a range of subject areas by implementing the practice of writing across the curriculum. NC Write makes it easy for teachers to evaluate writing across subject areas by allowing multiple teachers to provide feedback to the same student using the program's textual evidence and content accuracy feedback options. This flexible learning environment ensures that students will receive unlimited opportunities for writing practice while teachers can focus on teaching and providing timely and effective feedback.
The automatic feedback included in each score report provides students with a good foundation to improve their writing skills, but teacher feedback is even more important. That’s why NC Write allows teachers to score student essays for textual evidence and content accuracy using a 0-3 star scoring system. When students submit an essay in NC Write, teachers can review it and add to the immediate feedback provided by PEG using several tools, including rubrics for textual evidence and content accuracy. This feedback is added to the student's score report and can be referenced at any time within the writing portfolio.
Incorporating peer review into writing practice has many advantages: student authors receive advice on their drafts from a larger group as opposed to one instructor and get insight on how other students would approach an assignment. As peer reviewers, students learn how to give constructive feedback and develop critical analysis skills.
Practice makes perfect, but only if you practice the right steps. That's why NC Write includes tutorials and and interactive lessons to help students excel as writers. These activities are designed to improve idea development, organization, language/style, conventions, and grammar. Students can move easily from lessons directly back to their essay in progress. Lessons feature a read-aloud option for students who prefer to use it. Tutorials and lessons are recommended in each student's score report for the essays they submit, or can be accessed at any time in the Lessons tab.
Evaluation is an imperative aspect of any writing practice. Without it, there is no measure against which to track progress. In order to make evaluation as simple and easy for the teacher as possible, the NC Write database maintains a comprehensive portfolio for each student that includes all submitted essays, progress over time, and lesson activity. Teachers and students can access the portfolio at any time from their classrooms or their homes. By making all of this information available to the student, NC Write holds student writers accountable and empowers them to practice and improve on their own time.
The reporting features in NC Write make it easy to track students' progress and see where improvement is needed both at an individual student level and at a class level. Student portfolios are easily accessed from the Reports page, as are several types of student reports that display performance against specific prompts and categories of writing.
When a school purchases NC Write, our team takes care of the initial roster upload and generates login information for each student who will be using the software. However, student populations are changing constantly, and the flexible roster management within NC Write allows the teacher full control of the classroom. New students can be added quickly and easily to the system, and multiple courses can be created to accommodate for students' varying skill levels.