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Expansion Pack Assignments for Students

Welcome to the Expansion Pack guide for students!  Though you will not be scored or receive Signal Checks on your work, in the Expansion Pack, you will practice your writing on our 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 more about how to use the Expansion Pack.  Now, channel your inner Virginia Woolf, and let’s start writing!  



Starting an Assignment 


  1. When your teacher says the assignment is set up, log into your LMS (such as Canvas, Moodle etc.).

  2. In your LMS, select the title of the Revision Assistant assignment your teacher asked you to work on.
    This will bring you to the Assignment Page with the prompt and any sources.

  3. Just like Signal Check assignments, if the prompt has source documents, they will be shown below the prompt.  
    Click the circled numbers shown below the prompt to read each source.


  4. Read the prompt and any sources carefully!

  5. When you’re ready, click the Start Writing button to write your essay.

  6. Type your essay like you would a normal Revision Assistant assignment.


    Note: In Expansion Pack, you can't request Signal Check feedback on your writing.
    However, you can check your spelling and grammar with Proofread Mode. See the next section!




Using Proofread Mode


  1. After you've written about a paragraph (300 characters), 
    you'll get a pop-up saying you can use Proofread Mode.
  2. Switch the toggle below your essay to On to enter Proofread Mode.
    • You can only use Proofread Mode three times per essay, so make them count!
    • The symbols above your Proofread feedback tell you how many you have left.

  3. Proofread Mode will check your essay for spelling and grammar errors.
    This mode will underline the errors in your sentences and list them on the right.
  4. Select each error in the list to see an explanation of how to correct it.
  5. Then, select Show Example for more clarification.
  6. Use the error explanations and examples to edit your work on this screen.
    Any changes you make here will stay in your essay even after you leave Proofread Mode.
  7. Once you've edited your work, you can
    1. Select the Proofread button to use another Proofread     OR
    2. Select Exit Proofread Mode to return to the Writing Space


Tip: Save one Proofread to use as a final grammar check right before turning in your essay.





Viewing Drafts 



  1. Click the Save icon or the Save Draft button in your writing space.
    This will save your work and create a new draft.
  1. Like in a Signal Check Assignment, each time you save, a new circled number appears in the Side Menu.
    These circled numbers show you how many drafts you’ve completed.

  2. Click the arrow tab in the Side Menu to expand it.
    The expanded Side Menu will show you the day and time you saved each draft.

  3. To see your previous Proofread Mode or essay drafts, you can do one of the following:

    1. Click a circled number in the Side Menu. Your screen will jump to that draft.     OR

    2. Scroll below your Writing Space to the section of previous drafts.

  4. To return to your Writing Space after viewing a previous draft you can do one of the following:
    1. Click the pencil icon in the Side Menu  OR
    2. Scroll up the screen until you see the Save Draft and Turn In buttons







Turning in an Assignment



  1. When you’re done working, review your work.

  2. Click the Turn In button to submit your essay to your teacher.
    Even after submitting your essay,  you can turn in drafts until the assignment is closed!

  3. You will receive a notification once the teacher has closed the assignment.

  4. Once the assignment has ended, you won’t be able to keep working or turn in any more drafts.
    However, you are able to review your submitted essay and your saved drafts.

    Way to go!  Your writing skills have been expanded and you’re done with your Expansion Pack assignment. 




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