Quill offers five unique tools to engage students in the classroom: Quill Diagnostic, Quill Connect, Quill Proofreader, Quill Grammar, and Quill Lessons. Each of the five tools serves a distinct purpose in the classroom to target distinct literacy skills.
We suggest that Quill Diagnostic be the first thing students do when starting Quill. The diagnostic tests 8 - 10 distinct skills to see where students are stand at the beginning of their Quill journey. There are currently 4 diagnostics a student can take: the Starter Diagnostic, Intermediate Diagnostic, Advanced Diagnostic, and the ELL Diagnostic. Learn more about Quill Diagnostic here.
The Starter Diagnostic covers the basics such as adverbs and proper capitalization, allowing you to evaluate your students' mastery of the basics and to make sure all students have a solid foundation.
Intermediate and Advanced Diagnostic
Once a student completes the Starter Diagnostic recommended practice activities, they can move right on to the Intermediate Diagnostic and delve into in more advanced writing, grammar, and sentence construction topics. From there, they can move onto the Advanced Diagnostic for high-level, challenging sentence construction practice.
Our ELL Diagnostic consists of 22 questions to assess your students’ knowledge of 10 different grammar concepts. These concepts have been specifically chosen for English Language Learners, and it includes articles, verb tense, subject-verb agreement, prepositions, and capitalization.
The ELL Diagnostic provides additional support for English language learners by offering the directions in both English and the student’s native language. Alongside the English directions, students have the option of also adding directions in Spanish, Mandarin, French, Vietnamese, Arabic, or Hindi.
You can also use this grammar diagnostic with native English speakers by having students select the English directions.
All Quill diagnostics will create a personalized learning plan for the students based on their performance on the diagnostic.
Tools for Independent Practice
Quill Connect guides students to combine multiple ideas into a single sentence, helping them to advance from writing fragmented and run-on sentences to forming complex and well-structured sentences. Learn more about Quill Connect here.
Quill Proofreader teaches your students editing skills by having them proofread passages. Students edit passages and receive personalized exercises based on their results. Learn more about Quill Proofreader here.
Quill Grammar has over 150 activities to help your students practice basic grammar skills, from comma placement to parallel structure. Learn more about Quill Grammar here.
Quill Lessons enables teachers to lead whole-class and small group writing instruction. Teachers control interactive slides that contain writing prompts, and the entire class responds to each prompt. Each Quill Lessons activity provides a lesson plan, writing prompts, discussion topics, and a follow up independent practice activity.