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Merit Software Introduces New Online Versions of Writing Programs

Posted Mar 13, 2008
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Merit Software has announced the launch of a new online edition of Paragraph Punch and Essay Punch—tools designed to improve students' writing skills. The Punch programs guide students through the process of writing an effective paragraph or essay. Unlike most educational supplements that are either assessments or drill and practice, the Punch programs are tutorials that respond to student inputs with personalized help and tips.

With the Punch writing programs, students select a topic and use the program's pre-writing notepad to collect relevant words and phrases. Working interactively with the software, students develop an idea, craft a topic sentence, compose the body of a paragraph or essay, and draft a conclusion.

The Punch programs provide questions to guide users, step-by-step, through pre-writing, organizing, writing, editing and rewriting. Written works can be copied and pasted into other word processors or text editors. Instructors are able to monitor their pupils' work through an easy-to-use management system.

The online version of the Punch programs works with the Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari browsers. Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems are supported. One full year's access to each program costs $45(US). Classroom and school district licenses are available. A free edition of Paragraph Punch and Essay Punch is also available online; no login is required.

For more information, visit one of the following websites:,,

Source: Merit Software,

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