Website review by Marianne Rogowski, Common Sense Education | Updated March 2022

NoRedInk

ELA site mixes grammar and writing practice, layers in useful feedback

Learning rating
Community rating
Based on 14 reviews
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89%| Warning Expert evaluation by Common Sense
Grades
3–12
Subjects & Skills
English Language Arts, English-Language Learning, Communication & Collaboration

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Pros: Comprehensive content. Authentic writing activities with tons of feedback.

Cons: Some activities are formulaic or predictable. Students might guess their way through exercises.

Bottom Line: This tool has meaningfully evolved over time, expanding the range of skills students build and offering students helpful suggestions for improvement.

NoRedInk can be a handy complement to in-depth writing instruction. An effective flow for using NoRedInk would look something like this:

  1. Assign a diagnostic task for the whole class. 
  2. Review results from the diagnostic and provide targeted, standards-based instruction.
  3. Provide practice for students in the target group. 
  4. Assess progress and identify further support needs.

Because the platform is both diagnostic and instructive, teachers can meet students where they are at first and then help them hone specific skills. Although some students will struggle with the grind of grammar and writing practice, teachers can use the site to identify areas of potential growth for students and then assign activities to help them improve. Since many of the prompts and activities are connected to students' interests, teachers can spend less time trying to come up with meaningful content and more time giving quality feedback that will actually help kids become better, more proficient writers.

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NoRedInk is a website designed to help students learn and practice essential elements of English grammar and elements of good writing. Teachers can create classes, add students, and assign specific skills to lead students toward mastery. It has material for just about every possible writing convention, ranging from subject-verb agreement and parallelism to compound sentence structure and citation formats. NoRedInk also allows teachers to create and assign writing prompts, expanding assessment potential beyond grammar drills. Within the teacher dashboard, it's easy to see students' work completion and progress toward mastery of individual skills. The diagnostics, practice, and quiz elements give detailed information about each student. The Premium version adds some of the site's best features, including a complete curriculum for grammar and writing as well as tools to help students revise and improve their writing. 

For students, NoRedInk allows for some degree of personalization. Students can select their interests (sports, movies, TV shows, books, etc.) and then see passages reflecting these interests. When beginning a new topic, NoRedInk gives straightforward instruction and learning tips and then provides clear, easy-to-understand support as students build understanding. Students can easily monitor their own progress and identify areas for growth.

Research shows that becoming a good writer requires engaging writing assignments, quality feedback, and a well-maintained reading habit. NoRedInk can be a useful tool for helping students master writing conventions and improve their writing style and fluency. Students benefit from targeted practice to learn and develop specific skills, and the content-rich platform allows teachers to quickly identify where students need help and target instruction to provide them with greater support. Plus, encouraging revisions through feedback means that kids will spend more time improving the quality of writing they produce.

There's a ton of content on the site to help with specific grammatical skills, as well as excellent feedback and support for motivated students to dig in. Even though students might find some of the interest-based content a little cheesy or stale, it provides some personalization and can be effective in small doses. These targeted exercises and writing activities, along with getting students to use the support within the tool, should grow students' understanding of writing and grammar mechanics. Teachers can then use the dashboard to easily target instruction and help students set clearly defined goals as they refine their writing skills. 

Overall Rating

Engagement

The site goes to great lengths to make learning grammar interesting and meaningful, but teacher engagement and feedback are key.

Pedagogy

Mixes writing and interest-based practice that students can easily apply in other subject areas. Supports peer feedback and revision of writing.

Support

Students can grow their writing skills no matter where they start. Good diagnostics. Great dashboard. Contextual support during exercises.


Common Sense reviewer
Marianne Rogowski Instructional Technology Facilitator

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Tara H. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Gretna Middle School
Gretna, United States
Best tool I've seen for getting students excited about grammar!
I love using NoRedInk in my classroom. It engages students in grammar lessons far better than other resources I have tried. It also allows students who already have a strong grasp of a concept to move quickly through a lesson and move on to other activities, while automatically providing students who are struggling with a concept with the additional practice they need.
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