Teacher Review for Zoom In!

Great Writing Tool for History

Marjorie P.
Classroom teacher
I.S. 339
Bronx, United States
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My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
How I Use It
I used Zoom In to guide my students through the process of writing a DBQ essay. They worked in groups to analyze the documents using the guided questions. They then used the scaffolds to write an essay based on the documents they analyzed.
My Take
I was impressed with the way in which the tool can be used to scaffold every aspect of a DBQ essay. The students were able to use close reading to analyze the documents, with guiding questions at each step. The interactive format allowed them to save notes which they could then use on their final essay. Not only did this tool help them to look more critically at the content, it also helped them appreciate and internalize the process. Excellent tool!