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Writing Reviser: Cut Needless Phrases with a free Google Doc Add-on

Strings of choppy prepositional phrases often cripple student writing—especially when those phrases attempt to compensate for a weak verb, a tactic akin to filling up your radiator as a remedy for running out of gas. Consider this defilement of my first sentence: A common type of failing in writing by [...]

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Problem Relatives: Google Doc Add-on vs. Wordy and Misplaced Clauses

A simple problem has long prevented students from revising their papers to correct mistakes with relative clauses: they can’t identify those clauses. Writing Reviser eliminates that problem. We highlight all the relative pronouns in an essay and present arrows pointing toward the word to which it relates. Students simply follow [...]

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Spot Verbs in Nouns' Clothing: Use Writing Reviser Google Doc Add-on

Too often beginning writers revise their work without a clear sense of purpose. Sadly, that often results in a paper that becomes different rather than better, a process akin to someone blindly twisting and re-twisting a Rubik’s cube, uniformed by a larger strategy. The process can be painful to watch. [...]

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Help Students Vary Sentence Length with Writing Reviser Google Doc Add-on

One of the easiest ways to lose a reader is to write a series of sentences with the exact same structure: “See Spot run. Watch him jump. Pet his head.” Compare that juvenile effect to one in which the student purposefully varies her sentence lengths: “Sitting in an expensive restaurant, [...]

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Actively Combat Passive Voice with a Google Doc Add-on

“Prefer active voice” may be the single most frequently dispensed injunction to improve writing. Strunk and White, George Orwell, and all student handbooks of the past 50 years extol the virtue of active verbs. But two problems often go unremarked: Students cannot reliably identify passive constructions in their own work. [...]

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Track Big-Picture Stats with the Writing Reviser Google Doc Add-on

Open the Statistics feature in the free Writing Reviser Google Doc Add-on, and you’ll see an elaborate but easy-to-read analysis of your entire essay. It’s the writerly equivalent of a blood test report, except that instead of listing your cholesterol level and lipid profile, we diagnose statistics crucial to the revision process. [...]

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The 6.5 Ingredients of a Mobile Creation Station

The buzz about "maker" spaces has reached epidemic proportions. Schools everywhere are repurposing extra classrooms, renovating computer labs, retooling media centers, and rehabbing teacher lounges to accommodate creative workstations, materials, and tools. That’s fantastic. But what if the school doesn’t have an extra room? Or has an anemic budget? What [...]

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On Labor Day, Help Students Think about Labor!

Labor Day is somewhat of a lost holiday. We enjoy the long weekend, but its significance is a bit muddled. This is particularly true for students. Essentially, Labor Day is just a Monday off that helps to break up the start of the school year. Curriculum Pathways social studies resources [...]

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New Feature! Saving and Sending Work with Portfolio

There's a new tab in town...meet Portfolio! After several requests from students and educators around the world, we're happy to introduce Portfolio. It allows students to save, organize, and send their work directly from Curriculum Pathways. From the Portfolio tab on user home, you can do the following: View your work. [...]

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A First Year Teacher’s Top 10 Tech Resources

"The first year of teaching is the toughest.” After making it through my first year as a high school math teacher, I have a much better understanding of why people always say this. There are so many challenges: adapting to a new environment, staying organized, learning curriculum, making professional connections, [...]

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