Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Utah Write

Utah Write is a formative writing assessment that is now available to ALL Utah teachers.  The new features in Utah Write for 2013-2014 include:
  • New pre-packaged writing prompts with video, graphics and reading passages for grades 3-12 for all three of the Common Core writing categories. (Argumentative, Informative/Explanatory, Narrative)
  • A new module for creating district/school-wide performance tasks.
  • A new scoring tool using a 0-3 scoring rubric for teacher to evaluate students writing for textual evidence and content. 
  • New reports displaying students performance by Common Core writing category.
 Utah Write is free to all 5th and 8th grade students.  If you are looking to purchases Utah Write, click on the button in the lower right hand corner of the website and look for the following button.  If you are a teacher looking to purchase Utah Write, it is $5.71 per student.  This program is highly recommended to help prepare students with their writing skills, not only for DWA, but for the SAGE end-of-year testing. 

Creating A Teacher Account
1.  If you are a teacher and interested in signing up for a free account, the following button "Sign Up Here" is in the bottom right hand corner of UtahWrite.com

2.  Enter you personal information.
3.  Enter your district access code.  (You can obtain this from your Ed Tech in your school.)

Creating Student Accounts
1.  Adding Students One by One
  • Click Add
  • Add New
  • Input Needed Information
There are three other strategies for creating student accounts and you can see your Ed Tech about those strategies.

As a teacher, you can assign pre-packaged essay prompts or teacher created prompts that can be assigned to your students to write about in their accounts.  Student results can be viewed as a report and teacher feedback can be left on student's essays.   Make sure you see your Ed Tech today for more detailed information about Utah Write. 

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