Teachers are able to customize Quill Lessons – our synchronous, teacher-led instructional activity – to better suit the needs of their whole-class and small-group instruction. You can customize a Quill Lesson before you launch the Lesson. Some examples of how you may customize the Lesson include:

  • Align prompts to material that you are discussing in class, such as books you are reading in class, or material that is more relatable for the students.

  • Change the prompts to ones that better suit their skill level.

  • Reword or clarify directions and objectives to fit with your classroom lesson structures.

First, assign a Quill Lesson to your classes. After you have assigned the Lesson, you can customize the slides!

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Access from the Teacher Dashboard

To customize a Quill Lesson from the Teacher Dashboard:

  • Log into your Quill account

  • Scroll down on the homepage to the “Present a live lesson” section

  • Click the three dots next to a Lesson’s name

  • Select “Customize”

Present a live lesson section of the Teacher Dashboard highlighted
Click the three dots next to a lesson's title, then click customize

You will be brought to the customization page. Click the “Customize” button, then select “Make a copy”.

The customize and make a copy button of the customization page highlighted

Then, name the edition of your Lesson. After you name the edition, click the “Start Customizing” button.

Name this edition box of the customization page

Access from My Activities

To customize a Lesson from the My Activities tab:

  • Click the “My Activities” tab

  • Click the “Launch Lessons” link underneath the “My Activities” tab

  • Click the magic wand icon next to a Lesson’s name

Click the my activities tab, then click launch lessons. Click the customize or magic wand icon next to a lesson's title

You will be brought to the customization page. Click the “Customize” button, then select “Make a copy”.

The customize and make a copy button of the customization page highlighted

Then, name the edition of your Lesson. After you name the edition, click the “Start Customizing” button.

Name this edition box of the customization page

Customization Interface

At the top of the page, you can rename the edition of the Lesson and enter a sample question. Sample questions will help you identify editions before you launch them.

Lesson title screen

Scroll down to find an outline of the Lesson. On the left side of the screen, you can click into the box and add or remove text. On the right side of the screen, you will see a preview of what the slide will look like for your students.

Slide outlines

Slide Type

A static text slide only provides text on the screen. There is no teacher model or student practice option. These are great slides to put objectives, example sentences, or review the grammar concept!

Static text slide showing the objective for the lesson

The teacher model slides are the slides where you will type your example sentences and they will appear on student devices in real-time. The prompt box is where you type the question or sentences that need to be revised. The instructions box is where you type the instructions for the question. The joining words box is where you type example and non-example conjunctions that could be used in the sentence. Make sure you separate each joining word with a comma!

Teacher model slide showing the prompt, instructions, and joining words to use

The students practice slides are the names for any slide that students will type a response into. On the left side of the screen, you will see paired practice and individual practice. Although the format of these slides is the same, the way students engage with the content will be different. Students will work with a partner or group member on the paired practice slides, and students will work independently on the individual practice slides.

The prompt box is where you type the question or sentences that need to be revised. The instructions box is where you type the instructions for the question. The joining words box is where you type example and non-example conjunctions that could be used in the sentence. The prefilled text box is where you can type a sentence stem that will appear for students to use in their responses.

Students practice slide showing the prompt, instructions, joining words, and prefilled text

Edit Features

The clear slide button removes all text from the slide.

Clear slide button removes text from the slide

The reset slide button reverts the slide back to its original text.

Reset slide button reverts the slide text to the original information

The bold, italicize, and underline buttons are available to emphasize certain aspects of the text.

Bold, italicize, and underline buttons

The quote button inserts a gray text box for you to input a quote, question, or grammar rule.

Quote button inserts a gray text box into the slide

Once you have made all the changes you would like to, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Publish Edition” button.

Publish edition button at the bottom of the customization interface

To preview your customized Lesson, click the “View My Edition” button.

View my edition button highlighted

After you have previewed the Lesson, click the “Save and Exit” button at the top of the screen.

Save and exit button at the top of the Quill Lessons interface highlighted

Next Steps

Once you have customized your Quill Lesson, you are ready to launch the lesson with your students! Make sure to choose your published version on the lesson launch screen, which will be indicated by the “My Customized Editions” heading.

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Check out the resources below for more information on using Quill Lessons:


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