Quill Writing

Empowered Learner, Digital Citizen
Patrick Henry

Overview‚Äč

Quill provides 400 free grammar and writing activities for elementary, middle school, and high school. The students take a diagnostic test on the website and then can be assigned activities to help them improve their writing. 

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to take a diagnostic writing test to see what skills they need to work on.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Quill Diagnostic: Quill Diagnostic determines which skills your students need to work on.
     
  2. Quill Lessons: Quill lessons provide interactive slides for teachers to use in small groups or as a whole class.  Each lesson provides a plan, writing prompts, discussion topics, and independent practice.
     
  3. Quill Connect: Quill Connect helps students advance from run-on sentences or fragments to complex and well-structured sentences.
     
  4. Quill Proofreader: Quill Proofreader teaches the students editing skills that they can use when proofreading passages.
     
  5. Quill Grammar: Quill Grammar helps students practice basic grammar skills in writing.

Pre-planning

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Watch a video tutorial of Quill Writing.

  • Sign up for a free account with Quill. You can also sign up with Google.

  • There are guides for everything you need to do, such as add a classroom, add students, etc. You can sync your class through Google Classroom or just give them a code to join your class.

  • I would start with assigning the diagnostic test to see where each student is in their writing. Click on Learning Tools and then Quill Diagnostic.  

  • Once your students have completed their diagnostic test, you will be able to view their results and see what they need to work on. 

Accommodations

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources. 

Steps

Directions for this activity:

  1. Students will log into Google Classroom or access the bookmark Quill on your website and then click on the Quill link.  

  2. Students will take the Quill Diagnostic Test.  

  3. Students will then be grouped based on what skills they need to work on.  The teacher will assign assignments depending on the results of the test.

Assessment Options

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Students will receive immediate feedback on their work. 
  • Teachers and parents can identify student needs and measure their growth with reports and diagnostics.

MITECS Competencies & ISTE Standards

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Empowered Learner
1c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

Digital Citizen
2b. Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.

Devices and Resources

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:

Websites:
Quill Website

Quill Writing Video Tutorial

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ELA

Students will learn how to edit paragraphs and use grammar correctly.

Credits
This task card was created by Dawn Phillips, Wyoming Public Schools. June 2020.