We want to make sure you get the most out of Utah Compose. It is a wonderful program for writing practice and formative assessment. Its use is limited only by the imagination of its users. However, knowing how to use an online tool effectively is often a challenge for students, teachers, and even administrators!
Read on for some easy tips to ensure students, teachers, and administrators obtain the maximum benefits from Utah Compose.
The writing process does not happen in a vacuum. In order to improve writing skills, it is important for students to receive feedback and opportunities for revision. This is the belief behind Utah Compose. As soon as students submit an essay, they receive feedback and use it to revise their work. Once they are ready to share their work, students can also request reviews from peers or ask questions of their teachers.
Formative assessment is an important aspect of differentiated instruction, as it allows teachers to measure students' progress and determine if instructional methods or learning levels need to be changed for students throughout the learning process. Differentiating instruction requires that the same material be taught to all students in the classroom, but instructional strategies and the difficulty of instructional material vary according to the skill level of the student.
For many, writing feels like such a chore. Students view writing as a means to an end - to cross off an assignment, to avoid failing a class and receiving a parental lecture, to get into college. Sometimes it can be difficult to see writing as something other than an item that needs to be completed on an academic checklist.
Sometimes it takes just a little creativity to get reluctant writers to open up. These collaboration exercises will engage all students - reluctant and eager writers - and encourage them to work together toward a common goal.
When creating prompts in Utah Compose, you have the option to attach stimulus materials. You can attach either a file, such as a Word document or PDF, or a link, such as a YouTube video or other website.
When faced with a blank page and the requirement to produce a piece of work, most students have the same reaction: I don’t know what to write about! The best way to remove that pressure is prewriting. Prewriting allows writers to focus on their purpose, audience, and format to generate ideas without being overwhelmed by the remainder of the writing process.