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Understanding Spot Check Assignments

 

Spot Check is one of the three Revision Assistant assignment types. These assignments are a great way for teachers to get a quick snapshot of their students' writing skills at various points throughout the year. On a Spot Check assignment, students write to a prompt without the help of Signal Checks or grammar feedback. When the assignment is complete, only teachers can see their students' automatic, numerical scores, which are based on our genre- and grade-specific rubrics.  Spot Checks help teachers determine which skills students have mastered and which ones need a little practice.

 

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How Can Spot Check Be Used with the Other Assignment Types?

 

Each of our three Revision Assistant assignment types (Signal Check, Spot Check, and Expansion Pack) has slightly different capabilities and prompt libraries all aimed at helping students build their writing skills and giving teachers and administrators a complete view of students' progress. While there are a variety of ways teachers can use our libraries in their classroom, we've created one potential roadmap for doing so. Click the image below to see our high-level overview of how to incorporate Revision Assistant assignments from all three of our libraries into a 9-week unit. For ideas on which specific prompts to use in a unit, please see our Prompt Sequences page. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Features Do Spot Check Assignments Have? 

 

All of our Revision Assistant assignment types were expertly designed to help students improve the invaluable skill of writing, but each one has its own unique features.  Below is a chart to show you how our Revision Assistant assignment types compare to each other. 

 

Features

Signal Check

Spot Check

Expansion Pack

Signal Check feedback

 

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Automated scores

 

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Progress reports by class

 
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Progress reports by assignment

 
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Teacher/student messaging

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PDFs of prompts & sources

 
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Independent writing practice

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Tested, high-quality prompts from multiple genres

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Highlighter for prompts and sources

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PDFs of rubrics

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Filterable drafts GreenCheckLarge.png

 

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Prewriting space

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Never-before-seen prompts

 

 

 

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Never-before-seen features    

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