As parents and former teachers, our team is committed to helping schools and students continue to write purposefully and think critically, even during times of school closures and virtual learning. As parents, we find ourselves more actively involved in guiding our children’s’ learning, and more than ever we realize how challenging this can be!
Writable was built to be a teacher-guided experience, allowing teachers to choose genre- or skill-based writing assignments, customize them to their classroom, and guide student writing through a variety of feedback types that are research-backed and known to improve revision quality and student growth.
If you’re an educator and would like to share more about Writable with a family you can find our family letter here and you can find our getting started guide for educators here.
For educators and families, click here to access our student-facing getting started guide or find answers to your specific Writable questions in our help center.
At this time, while we do not yet have a parent account type in Writable, we are committed to helping you guide your students’ learning. Here are some suggested paths:
- Tell a teacher (recommended): We welcome you to tell your child’s teacher you’d like them to use Writable as it’s one of the best ways to support students through academically-sound, engaging writing practice during this time. Writing is part of almost every piece of the curriculum, from the more traditional essays in English class to writing about what you read, to lab reports and research reports in Science and Social Studies. Writable works with the classroom tools you’re probably already hearing about: Google Docs and Google Classroom, LMS’s like Schoology and Canvas, and Microsoft for login. We’ve put together this letter you can share with a teacher to help them get started.
- Project Write Together (recommended): We invite your children to join our global student groups to write and anonymously peer review one another using a set of high-interest and skill-aligned writing prompts. In this project, instead of you trying to be the teacher monitoring your child’s writing, our team of educators at Writable will be guiding student writing each week, helping to oversee writing and give light feedback on it. Families can learn more and sign up here.
- Sign up as a teacher in Writable: This option lets you browse and assign our 600+ assignments by creating a free teacher account. You can select an assignment by genre or skill, assign it, then monitor student work and provide feedback to them directly. You will need to set up a class for your student(s) and unless you have a typical-sized class, our peer review feature will not be as impactful. However, you can use RevisionAid (AI-powered feedback and revision recommendations) and self-review to encourage your student to thoughtfully revise their writing.
We know it can be overwhelming to choose assignments for your students, so we’ve compiled assignments we know are a great starting place for any student. You’ll find these assignment suggestions in our Virtual Learning Guide under “Prompts for Skills Practice” and “Prompts for Choice and Voice”. For more specialized assignments, try one of our AP Writing, Business & Technical Writing, SAT/ACT Writing, or your state’s assessment practice assignments.
As remote learning continues to evolve, we are likely to put more family-directed resources and features in place. For now, we welcome you to talk to us by emailing thoughts, questions, and ideas to email@example.com. We look forward to learning more about how you’d like to see your growing writers supported!