Hacker Version: See the updates in Writer's Help 2.0

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Writer’s Help 2.0, Hacker Version

§ New in Fall 2016



33 total activities (writing, reading, grammar, documentation)

§ 4 new argument activities (see next page)

§ MLA activity updated with MLA’s 2016 guidelines

§ grouped in folder at top of TOC

Diagnostic quizzes


2 grammar diagnostics, 2 reading diagnostics

§ grammar, punctuation, style, reading skills, reading strategies

§ can be used as pre- and post-tests

§ comparison reports with visual insight into student improvement


300 total exercise sets

§ 270 autoscored (indicated in TOC)

§ 12 new writing, grammar, and research exercises

§ all 20 MLA exercises updated with MLA’s 2016 guidelines

Additional exercises

Question Picker

   § nearly 1,000 additional questions covering style, grammar, and punctuation

   § instructors can create, edit, and assemble into quizzes to meet their classroom needs

   § assignable and reportable to gradebook


Video library and tool

§ instructors can create video assignments from the library or from uploaded videos

§ students can take notes and respond to prompts within the tool

§ assignments report to gradebook

Student writing samples


      § 13 student papers and projects in TOC

      § 30 additional papers and projects in Resources tab

      § wide range of disciplines and genres in MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles

MLA 2016 update

     § content, exercises, and model documents updated to conform to the MLA Handbook 8th edition (2016)

Smart search

     § proven, targeted results for both student terms (flow, unstuck) and conventional composition terms (coherence, prewriting)

     § updated regularly based on student use

Assignment modules


5 assignable modules

§ avoiding plagiarism (MLA)

§ editing for concise writing

§ freewriting and listing

§ signal phrases (APA)

§ signal phrases (MLA)

§ prebuilt, ready to assign as discrete units

§ each with short writing prompts reportable to gradebook

§ revised for smoother functionality and enhanced reportability

Writing prompts

45 writing practice activities

§ short prompts to help student apply the lessons in Writer’s Help to their own writing

§ prompts cover composing, revising, analysis, argument, research


LearningCurve in Writer’s Help 2.0, Hacker Version 

Fall 2016


* New for fall 2016


Active and passive voice

Apostrophes Argument: Arguable claims *

Argument: Persuasive appeals *

Argument: Reasoning and logical fallacies *

Argument: Topic, purpose, and audience *

Articles and types of nouns for multilingual writers



Coordination and subordination

Critical reading


Nouns and pronouns


Patterns of organization

Prepositions and conjunctions

Prepositions for multilingual writers

Pronoun agreement and pronoun reference

Quotation marks and italics

Run-on sentences

Semicolons and colons

Sentence fragments

Sentence structure for multilingual writers


Subject-verb agreement

Topics and main ideas

Topic sentences and supporting details


Verbs for multilingual writers

Verbs, adjectives, and adverbs

Word choice and appropriate language

Working with sources (APA)

Working with sources (MLA)