Maximizing Your Use of Utah Compose

July 28, 2016

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.


In Your Classroom:

Working Collaboratively in Utah Compose

December 14, 2015

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.

Differentiating Instruction with Utah Compose

September 15, 2015

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.

Writing Can Be Good For Your Health

August 14, 2015

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. 

Learning and Breaking the Rules

July 17, 2015

Pablo Picasso once said, “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

Resource Roundup

July 9, 2015

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.

Add Stimulus Materials to Your Utah Compose Prompts!

June 10, 2015

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.

Importance of Prewriting and Prewriting Techniques in Writing Material

August 12, 2014

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.

Resource Roundup

August 12, 2014

Looking for fresh, new ways to incorporate writing into the classroom?