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. These features foster a collaborative environment in the classroom.
Working Collaboratively in Utah Compose
Other ways in which you can use Utah Compose collaboratively include:
Lessons: The lessons in Utah Compose can be completed as a class assignment. Share the lesson with your students as a participatory activity. Stations can also be set up, with lessons assigned specifically to each station so students can focus on a trait at a time as part of a small group assignment.
Prompt Assignments: Did you know that you can recommend prompts to specific students? Create a prompt or choose from one of the many prepackaged prompts in Utah Compose. Go to the Advanced Options feature to recommend the prompt to a student or group of students. Pair this with peer review to complete a writing assignment from start to finish.
Portfolio Review: All student work is saved in Utah Compose, and it's important to review with your students to ensure they are getting the most out of their experience. Set aside some time to review portfolios with your students. This gives them time to ask specific questions or get help in a problem area.
Use this month's recommended writing exercise, along with the tips above, to start working collaboratively in Utah Compose!

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