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Pearson Unveils Updates to WriteToLearn

Posted Apr 26, 2013
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Pearson has unveiled major updates to WriteToLearn that take its support for Common Core learning to a higher level.

With WriteToLearn, students build the literacy skills outlined in the new Common Core State Standards by practicing essay writing and summarization skills, and their efforts are measured by Pearson’s Knowledge Analysis Technologies (KAT) engine. Now with nearly 60 new Common Core-aligned argumentative writing prompts in WriteToLearn, students are challenged to think critically, a core skill delineated in the Common Core State Standards, while developing the writing and reading comprehension skills required by the more rigorous learning goals.

WriteToLearn introduces engaging Visual Writing Prompts across all grade-levels and types, including argumentative, allowing students to make a visual connection to the topic they are being asked to write about. For example, the prompt, "Explain the educational importance of a field trip to an amusement park," is accompanied by a photograph of a roller coaster, sparking students' creative juices and helping them take their writing to a deeper level.

Earlier in 2013, WriteToLearn added Pearson’s text complexity measure, the Reading Maturity Metric, to its nearly 1,000 informational reading passages along with Common Core State Standards’ text complexity grade bands. This additional information is now available to teachers to help them select the most appropriate readings for their students using Common Core criteria. The Reading Maturity Metric offers 30 percent improvement over previous reading formulas.

Source: Pearson, www.pearsonassessments.com


 
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