RevisionAid works best for prompts that are specific. If you're asking students to write about a book, try to include the title of the book in your prompt. Remember to be clear about what you expect in the students' submissions and avoid broader questions like "Discuss something you learned in class," for example.
Please note, RevisionAid is not recommended for students in 5th grade or under. It also is not recommended for narrative writing.
Once your prompt is ready, follow these steps to set up RevisionAid:
1. Go to the "Edit" link for your chosen assignment in "My Assignments".
2. Click "Manage Prompts".
3. Click "Edit" on the prompt you’d like to enable with RevisionAid (you must do this for all prompts if there are several):
4. Now you’ll see the RevisionAid section of the prompt. Choose the type of writing that best corresponds with your assignment.
A Note on Choosing Assignment Types: If you're asking for students to respond in a single paragraph, that is the "Short Response" type. If you select any essay type, the algorithm will look for a beginning, middle, and end, which could result in harsher reviews for submissions that do not have that structure.
For Informational writing, choose Process essay. If your prompt asks students to choose their own writing topic, select "Personal Narrative," even if you're asking for an argument or informational essay. This will allow you to skip the Key Themes setup in the next step and will still result in useful feedback for students.
At this time, Fictional Narrative and Poetry assignments are not available with RevisionAid.
5. Now, you will need to enter Key Themes...
or Correct Answers for your prompt.
Read our article about selecting Key Themes and Correct Answers, which help RevisionAid provide more accurate and relevant suggestions to your students.
If you have questions about setting up RevisionAid, please send us a chat message inside Writable or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.