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Expansion Pack for Teachers


Welcome to the Expansion Pack guide for teachers! Though they will not be scored or receive Signal Checks on their work, in the Expansion Pack module, students practice their writing on our high-quality, never-before-seen prompts and get to be the first to try out our newly created features.  Click the links below to take you to a specific section or keep reading to learn how to use the Expansion Pack.  





Creating an Assignment


Note: If you haven’t set up your class, see Create a Class first!



  1. Locate the class you’d like to create the assignment for.

  2. Click Create an Assignment under that class title.
    This will take you to the Create a New Assignment page.

  3. Under Assignment Type do the following:

    1. Name the assignment (you can change this later if needed).

    2. Select “Expansion Pack.”

    3. (Optional) Add the due date for the assignment.


  4. Click Continue.  This should take you to the list of prompts on our Expansion Pack Library page.

  5. Just like with Signal Check Assignments, use the dropdown filters to search for prompts.
    You can filter by grade, genre, and whether the prompt is source-based.

  6. Click the prompt titles on the Expansion Pack Library page to read each prompt on its individual prompt page.

  7. Also, like Signal Check Assignments, on each prompt page you’ll find the following:

    • The prompt and any sources students will need to read to write to that prompt

    • A downloadable Rubric PDF for how student writing will be scored

    • A downloadable Assignment PDF of the prompt and sources

    • A link to the Learning Standards related to that prompt.


  8. When you find the prompt you’d like to use, add any additional info for your students in
    the Add Special Instructions box. 
    If you added any extra instructions, click Save Instructions

  9. Click the Create Assignment button.

  10. Click Continue to confirm the assignment creation.

  11. A Success page should come up when your assignment has been created.
    Hooray! The Expansion Pack assignment is now available for students.





Closing Assignments


Note: In the Expansion Pack module, simply close the assignment to stop and collect student work.


  1. Find the assignment tile on the homepage.

  2. Click on the gear settings icon on the assignment tile.
    This will bring you to the Assignment Settings page.


  1. Click the Close Assignment button.

  2. Click Confirm.
    Students will still be able to see their drafts, but can't continue writing.




Reviewing Student Work


  1. Click on the title of the assignment you'd like to view.
    This will bring you to the Assignment Overview page.

  2. From the Assignment Overview page, you can review student
    submissions by clicking one of these in the sidebar:

    • the Student Progress button

    • the Student Work button


Click Student Progress from an
Expansion Pack Assignment Page to find...


Click Student Work from an
Expansion Pack Assignment Page to find...

  • A list of students who turned in the assignment
  • Downloadable Current Drafts of submitted essays
  • Downloadable Current Drafts of saved essays
  • The View Class Reports button
  • Viewable drafts of submitted essays
  • Viewable drafts of saved essays



Using the Student Progress Button


  1. Click Student Progress in the sidebar.
    This will bring you to the Student Progress page.


  1. To quickly see a student's submission, click on the name of a student who turned in an assignment.  
    Students who turned in assignments will have a green check in the Turned In column.


  1. To download a student's Current Draft, check the box next to a student's name and click Download Current Draft.
    You can see and download Current Drafts of submitted essays and saved essays that haven't been turned in yet.


  1. Also on the Student Progress page is the View Class Reports button, which will allow you to see your class’ progress on all assignments except for Expansion Pack assignments.



Using the Student Work Button


  1. Click Student Work in the sidebar.
    This will bring you to the Student Work page.

  2. Click the arrows to the left and right of each student's name at the top right of the page.

  3. Scroll down on each student's page to review their drafts.



Sending Messages to Students


  1. To message student in our system, click Send [Student] a Message at the top of the Student Work page.
  2. Students can also send you messages with their submissions.  
    Any message from a student will appear above the version the message corresponds to.





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