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 the 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 5 diagnostics a student can take: the Starter Diagnostic, Intermediate Diagnostic, Advanced Diagnostic, ELL Diagnostic, and the ELL Starter Diagnostic. Learn more about Quill Diagnostics 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 on to the Advanced Diagnostic for high-level, challenging sentence construction practice.
ELL Starter Diagnostic
Quill's ELL Starter Diagnostic is designed specifically for new English Language Learners seeking to build foundational grammar skills. The ELL Starter diagnostic includes 65 recommended activities that directly correspond with 5 different packs.
The ELL Starter diagnostic includes instructions in Spanish, French, German, Chinese (Simplified), Japanese, Korean, Urdu, Tagalog (Filipino), Vietnamese, Russian, Thai, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Dari (Eastern Farsi), Arabic, and Hindi to provide extra support for native Spanish speakers; however, the assessment is appropriate for native speakers of any language.
The ELL Diagnostic is designed for English Language Learning students that already have a foundation in English, and helps students practice basic skills with full-sentence practice.
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.
**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.