WriterKey > How do I create an assignment?

Document created by Digital Support on Jan 25, 2017Last modified by Digital Support on Apr 17, 2017
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Click "Add New" and select "Assignment"

Give your assignment a title

Select the type of assignment

  • Express Assignments are for the quick writing assignment where students will not be revising their writing, receiving feedback on specific instructional objectives, nor reflecting in depth about their progress. An express assignment when you want students to prethink on a topic, write informally, or are sharing an idea where the focus is not on improving writing.

  • Use Stimulus-based assignments when students are expected to read (and, optionally, annotate) one or more passages and respond to a prompt. This selection has defaults set for efficiently designing these types of assignments. You may customize settings, including selecting instructional objectives, once you have completed the fields on the first screen.

  • WriterKey assignments give teachers the most sophisticated and flexibility to create meaningful writing assignments. Multiple drafts, writer's workshops, and assignment supports are all options that can be selected to improve the teaching and learning of writing. Teachers must select instructional objectives for all WriterKey assignments; these objectives define the instructional feedback options.

Choose a Rhetorical Genre

  • Argument/analysis: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

  • Informative/explanatory: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

  • Narratives: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences

Add a Description or Prompt

Put a description of your assignment or the prompt you want your students to respond to here.


Choose whether or not to make the assignment a Library Assignment

  • In most cases you will accept the default, which is "NO."
  • Library Assignments are shared assignments made available to anyone in your school selected from a list. The list of available schools is visible once this toggle switch is turned to "YES."
  • Certain settings such as the genre, rubric, selected objectives, and reflections are not changeable by other teachers who import the assignment. Most commonly, teachers and schools use library assignments for "benchmark" assessments and curriculum monitoring.

Choose the Class and Due Date

You can choose more than one class for an assignment if you wish.

Click "Save" to go to the Assignment Builder

Complete your assignment on the Assignment Sheet page

Note: An orange exclamation mark indicates that you must fill out that field.

  1. Click "Edit" to edit the Title, Genre, or Grade Level.
  2. A green check mark means that you have completed filling out that portion of the assignment. You can click the check mark, however, to edit that option.
  3. If this is your first assignment, you will have to fill in your grading options and rubric. These will become your default, although you can change them for each assignment if you wish. For more information on selecting grading options, please read How do I select grading ("Grade With") settings for an assignment?.
  4. Click the "Objectives" to add objectives for your students. To learn more about "Objectives" please read How do I set objectives for my students' assignments?.
  5. Click on "Texts" to provide required texts for the assignment.
  6. If you want to add a "Resource," such as an assignment sheet or model select that here.
For more information on how to add "Texts" and/or "Resources," please read How can I share resources like model documents, detailed assignment instructions, and required readings with my students?.

Click "Assign to Students" if you want to activate the assignment immediately

Click "Done, return to Dashboard"

Activate your assignment

If you haven't already activated your assignment you can do it from the Dashboard