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The Basics

Teaching Online

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Lessons are stored and organized in classes, so you must create a class before you can write a lesson.

It may be helpful to include a date in the class name. You may create as many classes as you need.

  1. Click the “Get Started” button on the homepage and register.
  2. Log on and click on the “Manage” icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Click on “Create/ Edit Classes.”
  4. Click on “Create a new class,” complete the fields, and click “Create”.
Create a Lesson from text

You can write a lesson from any digital text that can be copied and pasted.

  1. Find a text that you would like to use to create a lesson for this class and can copy to your computers clipoard.
  2. Copy text for a lesson to the computer's clipboard.
  3. On Lessonwriter.com, lick 'Teach” on the top navigation bar
  4. Click 'Make a lesson based on text'.
  5. Follow the instructions for the input page and all the additional pages.
Create a Lesson from a web page

You can create a lesson from any web page that contains text by copying and pasting the url.

  1. Find a web page that to write a lesson from.
  2. Copy the url (e.g., https://www....) to your computers clipoard
  3. On Lessowriter.com, click 'Teach” on the top navigation bar.
  4. Click 'Make a lesson based on text', then click the "From web address" tab.
  5. Select the class and paste in the url, then click "Create from this url.
Create a Lesson from a video

Lessons may include videos.

If a transcript is available, Lessonwriter will generate complete lessons based on the transcript.

  1. Copy the embed code for the video onto your computer's clipboard.
  2. Click 'Teach” on the top navigation bar
  3. Click 'Make a lesson based on video'.
  4. Follow the instructions for the input page, making sure to paste the embed code into the correct spot.
  5. Copy text to go with the video and paste the accompanying text into the box.
Assign Lessons

"Assigned lessons" are available for students to take online

  1. Go to the Manage section and click on the "Assign work" link in the Students column.
    • Select the Class and lesson you want to teach.
    • Click the Staus icon and change the setting to "Assigned".
    • Go the Classes section and get the Join Code for the appropriate class.
  2. Share the Join Code with your students
    • Have students register at StudentLoginPage.com (Only necessary the first time; students can add unlimited Join Codes to the same account.)
    • Tell them to insert the Join Code on the registration page.
  3. When the students login, the lessons assigned will be available for them to take online.
Grade Lessons

  1. Navigate to LessonWriter -> Manage-> Grade online work
  2. Select the class
  3. Open the lesson to grade
  4. Choose the action next to the students name (Grade or re-grade)
  5. Open the lesson section to grade
  6. Correction options include:
    • award partial credit (1-4).
    • adding comments
  7. When you are done, you may click "Save" or "Assign to re-take"
Messaging

  1. Click "Inbox"
  2. Click "New message"
  3. Write a new message
  4. Choose"Teachers" or "Students" tab
  5. Choose students and/or teachers from the list; click "Send"
Flash Cards

  1. Click Teach, then Flash cards
  2. Select your class
  3. Select lesson
  4. Check vocabulary words and click "Submit"
  5. Click "Web/Mobile" tab
  6. Send flash cards to students
Question Lists

  1. Click Teach, then Question Lists
  2. Select your class
  3. Select lesson
  4. Check vocabulary words and click "Submit"
  5. Click "Web/Mobile" tab
  6. Send Question Lists to students
  1. Click on “Create/ Edit Classes.”
  2. Choose on “Create a new class”.
  3. Fill in the Class name, grade, and subject fields.
  4. Click on “Create a new class,” complete the fields, and click “Create”.

Create as many classes as you need.

Differentiate Instruction

Tasks and content can be adjusted to fit the needs of different students.

You may divide your class into as many Differentiation Groups as needed.

  1. Navigate to LessonWriter -> Manage -> Differentiation Groups
  2. Select the class
  3. Click "Create a new differentiation group"
  4. Name and describe the group -> Set accomodation level (Standard, Advanced or Support)
  5. Set Critical thinking and Task goals
  6. Click "Create"
Express Lessons

  1. Click TEACH icon
  2. Click TEXT link
  3. Click From Web Address tab
  4. Select class, enter URL, click "Create from this URL"
  5. Click "Continue", Select Express mode
  6. Customize design elements
  7. Review lesson sheet and confirm differentiation groups
Standard Lessons

  1. Click TEACH icon
  2. Click TEXT link
  3. Click From Web Address tab
  4. Select class, enter URL, click "Create from this URL"
  5. Click "Continue", Select Standard mode
  6. Create tasks. Assign to differentiation groups
  7. Click "Save and continue"
  8. Customize design elements
  9. Click "Save and continue"
Detailed Lessons

  1. Click TEACH icon
  2. Click TEXT link
  3. Choose "From text" tab, fill in the fields and paste your reading passage into the Lesson Text field.
  4. Click "Create from this text"
  5. Click Continue and select Detailed mode
  6. Select vocabulary words and exercises, Click "Save and continue"
  7. Select prefixes, suffixes and example sentences; Click "Save and continue"
  8. Select phonemes and assign to differentiation groups; Click "Save and Continue"
  9. Select grammar points and example sentences; Assign to all differentiation groups; Click "Save and Continue"
  10. Create tasks. Assign to differentiation groups.
  11. Click "Save and continue"
  12. Customize design elements
  13. Click "Save and continue"
Creating Tasks

  1. Create a Standard or Detailed lesson
  2. Assign differentiation groups
  3. Select task type
  4. Select a question prompt or write your own
  5. Finish the question and submit
Custom Dictionaries

  1. Click "Manage"
  2. Click "Dictionaries"
  3. Click "Create new"
  4. Enter the name -> click "Save"
Sharing Lessons

  1. Click "Collaborate"
  2. Click "Set lessons to share"
  3. Select your class
  4. Click the sharing symbol next to the lesson
  5. Set lesson to share; click "Save"
Collaborating on Lessons

  1. Click "Collaborate"
  2. Click "Set lessons to share"
  3. Select your class
  4. Click the sharing symbol next to the lesson
  5. Set lesson to collaborate; select teachers you want to invite to collaborate; click "Save"
Creating and using Units

  1. Go to Manage -> Organize Curriculum
  2. Select the class
  3. Click "Create New Unit"
  4. Complete the form / Organize lessons into units
  5. Click "Create"
Adding Standards to Lesson Plans

Setting and Monitoring Goals

As the school year goes on, the day-to-day demands of teaching and classroom managemen make it hard to stay on top of our Differentiated Instruction goals.

Setting goals for our instructional practice (like the kinds tasks our students will perform and the critical thinking skills we'll emphasize) can help us stay on track with differentiated instruction.

  1. Go to Manage -> Differentiation Groups
  2. Select the class
  3. Select the group you want to set or monitor goals for. (Or click "Create a new differentiation group"
  4. Under the Sheltered Instruction heading, click "Critical Thinking Goals
  5. Click "Create"
  6. Create a lesson
  7. Go to Manage -> Differentiation Groups
  8. Select the class
  9. Confirm the Critical thinking and Task goals are updated

A

Adopt
To Adopt a lesson means to take a lesson created by someone else and add it one (or more) of your classes. After you adopt a lesson, it is yours to edit and update to suit your students' needs.
Authentic materials
Authentic materials refers to reading materials created for a purpose other than teaching. LessonWriter was created to generate teaching materials from prose.

C

Classes
Classes are the fundamental organization unit of LessonWriter. All lessons are created inside of a class.You may have an unlimited number of classes.
Collaborate
(Requires School teachers only) Collaborating on a lesson means that more than one teacher can make changes. When collaborating, you may adopt the lesson at any time to save that version. Then there are two copies
the Collaborative version that can still be updated by the other teachers, and the Adopted version that can only be updated by you.
Custom Dictionary
Teachers may create custom dictionaries to add their own definitions to words which can be used in place of the LessonWriter definition.

D

Dictionary
Lessonwriter's learner's dictionary is under constant review.
Differentiated Instruction
Differentiated Instruction means teaching students according to their needs. LessonWriter facilitates differentiating by making it easy to create multiple versions of the same lesson, each with different tasks, instruction, and presentation, to fit your students needs.

F

FlashCards
Flashcards may be printed and handed out to students, or assigned on line.

G

Goals
Setting goals for how much emphasis you will give to certain Task types (e.g., writing, short answer or multiple choice questions) and Critical Thinking (e.g, Comprehension or Analysis) is an optional part of Differentiating Instruction. After you set your goals, LessonWriter tracks your lessons so you can check back to see how closely you are following your goals.
Grammar
Explicit Instruction
Graphic Organizers
Graphic organizers help students visualize information.

L

Lesson
A lesson is the fundamental instructional unit LessonWriter creates, and may consist of any combination of reading, literacy support, and comprehension tasks.

P

Lesson Plan
Lessonwriter automatically generates a lesson plan for each lesson.
Pronunciation
Pronunciation skills are recommended based on best-practices sequencing of instruction.

Q

Question Lists
All of the questions used in lessons are available to be printed or used online as study aids.

R

Roots & Stems
Roots and Stems are the name used for word-building exercises that utilize prefixes and suffixes to build vocabulary.

S

Scaffolding
Lessonwriter presents literacy skills instruction- pronunciation, word roots and stems and grammar- in skill building sequences, so each lesson's exercises build upon previous exercises.
Share
Teachers may share lessons with colleagues in the same school.

T

Tasks
Exercise prompts, question prompts, graphic organizers, and writing prompts are all on each lesson's Tasks page

U

Units
Teachers have the option of organizing classes in units.

Available to registered users.