Pearson has unveiled hundreds of additions to the reading and essay-writing capabilities of WriteToLearn, the company's complete online tool for building reading-comprehension and writing skills for academic success.
With WriteToLearn, students practice essay writing and summarization skills, and their efforts are measured by Pearson's state Knowledge Analysis Technologies (KAT) engine. The KAT Engine is an automated assessment technology that evaluates the meaning of text, not just grammatical correctness or spelling.
With this update, WriteToLearn now features nearly 200 new reading passages in science from Pearson's Scott Foresman Science for grades 4, 5, and 6, growing its library to nearly 800 engaging reading passages from subjects across the curriculum. Students read these passages online and then summarize them using the online writing tool. They receive immediate feedback from WriteToLearn, detailing the steps they can take to improve their writing. A "scoreboard" shows students their progress as they work to move into the "excellent" zone. For struggling readers and English Language Learners, WriteToLearn provides text-to-speech capabilities with added dictionary and spot word translation so they can listen to the reading passages before writing their summaries.
More than 125 new essay topics relevant to contemporary classrooms have also been added to WriteToLearn, so teachers can choose from a larger library of prompts when assigning essays to their students. For essays, WriteToLearn provides feedback on six traits of writing - ideas, organization, conventions, sentence fluency, word choice, and voice - and allows students and teachers to focus on each of these important dimensions of writing.
In addition to choosing from a library of essay topics that come with WriteToLearn, teachers can create their own topics to assign to their students. To expand teachers' capabilities for providing students with meaningful feedback to improve their writing, WriteToLearn now features enhanced student feedback on teacher-created prompts. This enhanced feedback gives students additional, targeted guidance for revising future drafts of their essays.
All schools and districts with current WriteToLearn accounts will receive the updates free of charge. More information about WriteToLearn is available at www.WriteToLearn.net.
Source: Pearson, www.pearson.com