I don’t know where to start…
I know I read that somewhere, but I can’t recall which source I found that in…
I can’t do this: I don’t remember how to write an essay…
Have you heard these excuses before? I know I have. In fact, I have been hearing them a lot this week. As one of John Marshall’s Speech Team coaches I am currently navigating the hardest part of our season: the part where our students begin to craft their speeches. Our speakers struggle with getting started, they struggle with tracking their research, and they struggle with how to structure their final pieces.
However, although the struggle is real, it can be simplified. Recently, the website Write Well was shared with me. This easy to use, free (with very few exceptions), and comprehensive writing website guides students in all things writing. Once students create a free account, they select the type of essay they are working on and the site will guide them in creating an outline, help them organize their research (when applicable), and assit them in crafting each draft of their writing/speech. Students are also provided with tips and general guidelines as they work on each section of their essay, speech, or creative work. Should students still be stuck or find themselves with a question, they can use the chat feature at the bottom of each composition page and a Write Well staff member will reply with advice or clarification within a few hours. With Write Well, many of the common writing pitfalls are mitigated in an instance.
View this short Write Well tutorial to see it all for yourself!
Writing has proven itself to be a great way to assess student knowledge, not to mention all the learning that is gleaned as students follow the writing process. However, with 30+ students in a class it’s hard to get to each student and supply each with answers to his/her unique questions. A tool like Write Well makes it easier for students to get started with less help from the instructor, ensuring that all students have the basics, and thereby frees up the instructor so that s/he can address the more complex questions.
Should you have any questions about how to incorporate Write Well into your instruction, please reach out to one of our Instructional Technologists or me. We would love to help you get started.
This post brought to you by Heather Lyke, Secondary Implementation Associate
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