Quill provides over 300 research-based writing, grammar, and proofreading activities organized by the Common Core standards.
Quill is a lightweight learning management system integrated with a suite of online apps that teach writing, grammar, and vocabulary skills to students. Students using Quill learn English grammar and vocabulary by fixing sentences, proofreading passages, and collaboratively writing passages. Quill is part of Empirical, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Quill provides learning activities that engage students in the writing process through web applications teaching grammar, vocabulary and writing skills. Teachers have a dashboard that shows them how their students are progressing on the Common Core standards.
Using the teacher dashboard, teachers can pick from over 300 activities built from 42 Common Core standards and view the results through a mastery-based system. Some of our most popular activities include comma usage, capitalization, verb tense agreement, and commonly confused words.
Each activity takes 10 minutes in length, and students typically complete their assignments as a warm-up activity at the beginning of class. After completing an assignment, students receive instant feedback on their work. The instant feedback is valuable because they can review which concepts they understand and which ones they are struggling to master. The instantaneous grading system allows teachers to provide individualized instruction for students who need the most in-class help while giving advanced practice to students who are ready for more challenging materials.Quill is a is a free, web-based tool that provides personalized, interactive writing and grammar activities. Quill currently focuses on English grammar. Students learn grammar skills by writing sentences and proofreading passages.
For 2014, we have two major learning activities in the works: Stories with Friends and ProofingGround. In Stories with Friends pairs of students collaboratively write stories based on a series of vocabulary words or grammatical terms. This tool targets the vocabulary and writing sections of the Common Core. In ProofingGround students proofread each other's work and receive points for each error they catch. Peer review can be a powerful instructional method as it gives students an opportunity to articulate and defend their stylistic choices. ProofingGround targets the “Production and Distribution of Writing” section of the writing category.
We put together a handy two-page guide that explains how to use Quill, here's the link.
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