One of the most wished for improvements to READ 180 Next Generation is the ability for students to go back and edit their Writing Zone paragraphs. This year, I realized there is an easy way students can edit and revise them through their school emails, or with its recent improvements, Google Classroom.
For the past several years, I have saved students' Writing Zone paragraphs to show their progress in writing. I use this progress as my NJ Student Growth Objective (SGO). Students are taught to respond to their WZ prompts with textual evidence from the RZ passages, citing the paragraph where they found the evidence and writing a 2-part conclusion that explains and extends. Starting at the beginning of the year, I sit with students when they reach the Writing Zone to teach them my preferred format. If students are missing major components, they edit and revise the paragraphs, previously in writing.
However, this year, with the addition of student school email accounts, and most recently, Google Classroom's NEWEST addition: Individual Assignments, editing and revising their paragraphs is easier for students.
SAMPLE STUDENT EMAIL
SAMPLE GOOGLE CLASSROOM STUDENT ASSIGNMENT
AND, with the use of a continuous Writing Zone Google Doc, it is also easy and quick for teachers! This year, I started to copy/paste students' completed Writing Zone paragraphs into a continuous Google Doc, keeping all Writing Zone compositions in one ongoing document. My thought was that it would make comparing students' progress easier if they were all in one doc, and I did not have to look back in SAM, or print and file hard copies in yet another binder. And easier is exactly what this is.
From compiling all students' Writing Zones into a Google Doc, which is a simple copy/paste from the students' Respond and Write Portfolio submissions in SAM, I can now email each student via their school email - or, with the recent assignment upgrade, send them via the new Google Classroom feature of assigning to individual students.
WRITING ZONE EMAIL/GOOGLE CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENT EDITABLE SCRIPTS
A prewritten, editable list of what needs to be revised or edited is added to the student's email or Google Classroom assignment. Students have a week to make the corrections. All this takes very little time to complete, once it's set up.
SAMPLE GRADE FORM for the READ 180 SOFTWARE
Is this something you might consider adding to your READ 180 Classroom? I'd love to hear your feedback!