It's hard to make grammar and punctuation stick. For teachers, it's also time-consuming and sometimes grueling to grade students' grammar assignments. NoRedInk allows teachers to give students extra practice with commas, capitalization, and run-on sentences, while also being able to track whether students have completed assignments and whether they have mastered the topic. Teachers will likely want to start by issuing students a diagnostic exam, making sure to customize it to students' specific areas of need. After that, teachers could assign students practice for homework, focusing either on the whole class or adjusting assignments to students' specific needs based on the diagnostic results. Note that NoRedInk is not a replacement for grammar instruction, but could be helpful in conjunction with writing assignments or classroom grammar instruction, as well as ACT/SAT preparation.
If your school uses the paid version, it offers over 50 customized learning pathways and over 500 topics for students to practice with. There are also over 50 multiple-paragraph challenge assessments, which can help students with the nitty-gritty details of grammar practice.Continue reading Show less
NoRedInk is a free and paid website (and Chrome app) that lets students practice their grammar and punctuation skills using a pop-culture interest profile they choose and build themselves. Teachers can assess students on up to 20 different skills at a time and view student progress/mastery in areas such as Apostrophes, Possessive Pronouns, and Commonly Confused Words. When students log in, they can see which assignments and quizzes they've been assigned, and work through the material, getting feedback on how they did. To help teachers better tune the experience to students' needs, NoRedInk also offers pre-made or custom diagnostics to gauge where students are at any given time.
Once students start an assignment, NoRedInk will ask them to identify their interests or input the names of friends or pets so that the website can incorporate that info into activities. For example, if a student tells the site she loves Harry Potter, familiar characters and concepts from the series may appear in the text she's asked to review. Assignments and quizzes are fill-in-the-blank sentences or involve dragging and dropping punctuation, capitalization correction, and finding specific grammatical concepts.
Since NoRedInk incorporates tween interests, it has an edge when it comes to engaging students in the often tedious experience of perfecting grammar. Students will, initially, find their favorite stars appearing in assignments hilarious and fun. Adding the correct punctuation to a sentence like "Jim Carrey wasn't pleased I'd broken into his home, letting his Labrador loose" gives exercises a Mad Libs vibe and can elicit a much-needed chuckle from struggling students. But let's be honest: The thrill won't last forever. In that way, the interest-based questions offer a great hook, but maybe not a complete answer to student engagement. NoRedInk has a bit more going for it, though. For instance, the light interactivity of the questions provides an alternative to stale multiple-choice quizzes found in most other grammar tools. Students either type in their answers or drag punctuation into the right spot. Like the interest-based questions, it's not the answer to engagement, but it helps.
On the teacher side, NoRedInk offers an efficient way to track student progress and assign students practice in problem areas. Teachers can easily assign diagnostic quizzes and choose topics quickly. Once students take a quiz or complete an assignment, their score shows up in a gradebook-like display, with each box color-coded to indicate the their mastery of each topic.
Key Standards Supported
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Form and use verbs in the indicative, imperative, interrogative, conditional, and subjunctive mood.
Use punctuation (comma, ellipsis, dash) to indicate a pause or break.
Use an ellipsis to indicate an omission.