To create an assignment, you'll need to start with a template. You can customize any template to make it work for your class. To edit a template, you'll first need to find a template you want to use and save it to your "My Assignments" page. (How do I browse and choose templates?)
You can edit any part of an assignment but you do not have to edit anything at all. You can edit as much or as little as you'd like. When you're ready to edit...
1. Click “My Assignments” in the navigation bar at the top of the screen. You should see a list of tiles, these are all of the assignments you’ve copied and saved.
2. Find the tile for template you’d like to edit and click the blue pencil icon on the right side of the tile. (NOTE: Once you assign something to a class and students begin working on it, the blue pencil will turn grey and you will no longer be able to edit the assignment.)
Edit the number of prompts required
After you click the pencil icon on the assignment tile, you'll be in the “Edit Assignment” screen. You’ll see the assignment broken down into different sections. At the top, you can select how many prompts students should respond to.
1. Select the number of prompts students should respond to in order to complete an assignment. For example, if you select “1” then students will need to choose one prompt and respond to it in order to complete the assignment.
2. Click "Choose Prompt" to select the prompts you want to make available to your students. (Can I make my own prompts?)
Edit “Assignment Details”
1. The “Assignment Details” section gives an overview of the assignment to students.
2. You can edit this text by clicking on the pencil icon in the upper left-hand corner of the text box.
3. When you’re done editing, just click outside of the text box to save your changes.
Edit the section descriptions
The last section will be your “Writing & Review” section or will be individual “Introduction, Body, Conclusion” sections, depending on your chosen template.
1. Click on the blue header to expand a section.
2. You can now edit the section title by clicking the pencil next to it.
3. To edit the section description, click on the blue pencil in the upper left-hand corner of the text.
4. When you’re done editing, just click outside of the text box to save your changes.
Delete a checklist item
1. Below the section description, under “Preview As: Writer | Reviewer”, you will see all of the checklist items associated with that particular section.
2. When you’re looking at them as a writer will see them, “Writer” will be highlighted in green. To see them as a reviewer will see them, just click “Reviewer”.
3. Click the “x” to the left of a checklist item to delete it completely from the assignment. Once you delete an item, you’ll have to search the rubric bank to add it again, so please delete with caution.
Edit the checklists
1. To rephrase or edit a checklist item, click the pencil next to it.
2. Make your changes and click outside of the text box to save them.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you make changes to a checklist item on the “Writer” side, please be sure to click “Reviewer” and make any appropriate changes there as well. If you change only the “Writer” side checklists, reviewers and writers will be looking at different checklists for the same assignment and this will affect the quality of feedback the writers receive!
Find new checklist items
1. To add new checklist items to your sections, click “Edit/Add Rubrics” at the bottom of the section preview to access the Rubric Bank.
2. In the Rubric Bank, you'll be able to search all available checklist questions available in the app and see details: Checklist Wording (for the writer), Scale (can be 2, 3, or 4 stars), and the Category (how the checklist will be filtered on your class dashboard).
3. Click “Rubric Type” to select what types of checklist items you’d like to see: Writers Workshop or Six Traits in elementary and middle school; and Writing Process and Elements of Writing in high school. We recommend you select checklist items from the same rubric type your template already uses (the template title will indicate what rubric type was used).
4. Click “Filter by Skill” if there’s a particular skill you know you want your students to practice and want to see pertinent checklist items.
5. Click “Add to Goal” when you’re ready to add a new checklist item to your assignment.
If you don't find anything in the rubric bank that is similar to what you're looking for, or if you have a set of specific rubric items you need to use, you can import your checklist via Google Spreadsheets. (Can I import my own rubrics?)