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What are each of the different Quill Tools?
What are each of the different Quill Tools?

Excited to start using Quill, but not exactly sure what the tools are?

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Quill offers six unique tools to engage students in the classroom: Quill Diagnostic, Quill Connect, Quill Proofreader, Quill Grammar, Quill Lessons, and Quill Reading for Evidence. Each of the six tools serves a distinct purpose in the classroom to target distinct literacy skills. Click on any of the links below to read more about each learning tool.

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A Quill Diagnostic helps you find gaps in students' writing skills. Our diagnostics cover vital sentence construction skills and generate personalized learning plans of Quill activities based on your students‘ Quill Diagnostic performances.

Estimated Quill Diagnostic time: 15 - 30 minutes

Assign one of our Baseline Diagnostics to assess 8 - 10 distinct writing skills. The results allow you to check where students stand at the beginning of their Quill journey. Baseline Diagnostics cover a range of writing skills - click here for an overview of skills covered in each Quill Diagnostic.

After students complete a Quill Diagnostic, you can review responses to prompts, see individual and class skill proficiencies, and assign personalized plans of follow-up practice recommendation activities to your students through our Diagnostics report.

To measure students' writing skill growth following the completion of a Baseline Diagnostic and recommended practice, you can assign a Growth Diagnostic. Completion of a Growth Diagnostic unlocks access to data reports that compare Baseline Diagnostic performance and Growth Diagnostic performance and even more recommended practice activities based on Growth Diagnostic performance.

Estimated time: 10-15 minutes per activity

Quill Connect guides students to combine multiple ideas into a single sentence. The prompts and targeted feedback help students advance from writing fragmented and run-on sentences to forming complex, well-structured sentences. Our Activity Summary and Activity Analysis reports allow you to keep track of students' improvement, response to feedback, concept mastery, and more!

Estimated time: 10-15 minutes per activity

Quill Proofreader teaches students editing skills by having them proofread text passages. Students edit the passages, review the results, and receive a personalized follow-up activity based on the demonstrated gaps in writing skills. Learn more about Quill Proofreader and preview the available Proofreader activities.

Estimated time: 10-15 minutes per activity

Quill Grammar has over 200 activities to help your students practice basic grammar skills, from comma placement to parallel structure. Students receive targeted feedback on their responses to prompts, helping them strengthen their writing. Follow up by reviewing the Activity Summary and Activity Analysis reports, where you can keep track of individual and class-wide improvement, responses to feedback, concept mastery, and more! Preview and assign available Quill Grammar activities.

Estimated class time: 20-30 minutes per activity

Quill Lessons enables teachers to lead interactive whole-class or small-group writing instruction. Teachers control interactive slides that contain writing prompts, and the entire class joins the Quill Lesson to participate in discussions and respond to prompts. Quill Lessons include a downloadable Quill Lesson plan, a full Quill Lesson script to guide you through instruction, student writing prompts, discussion topics, and a follow-up independent practice activity. Click here to preview Quill Lessons and access this guide to learn how to use the tool.

Estimated time: 15-20 minutes per activity

Tip 💡: Quill Reading for Evidence is recommended for students in grades 8 and higher.

Provide students with nonfiction texts paired with AI-powered writing prompts, instead of multiple-choice questions, to enable deeper thinking. Students read a nonfiction text and build their comprehension through writing prompts, supporting a series of claims with evidence sourced from the text. Then, students paraphrase and synthesize evidence from the text by completing three sentence stems about a key idea in the text. They complete...

  • a sentence using because to describe a reason

  • a sentence using but to describe a contrast

  • a sentence using so to describe a result or consequence

As students write, Quill Evidence uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to provide immediate feedback to guide them through the revision process. This feedback will encourage students to refine their logical reasoning, clarify their ideas, and increase the specificity of their evidence. The feedback will also address their grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Quill challenges students to write responses that are precise, logical, and based on textual evidence, with Quill coaching the student through custom, targeted feedback on each revision. Access our free resources to learn how to implement this tool in your 8th-12th grade classes. You can also preview and assign Reading for Evidence activities from our activity library and preview packs of activities aligned to the WordGen curriculum.

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