WriterKey > What are library assignments and how can I set one up?

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Library Assignments are shared assignments made available to anyone in a school selected from a list. To create one, follow the instructions below.

Click "Add New" and select "Assignment"


Give your assignment a title


Select the type of assignment

  • Express Assignments are for quick writing assignments for which students will not be revising their writing, receiving feedback on specific instructional objectives, or reflecting in depth about their progress. Use an express assignment when you want students to pre-think on a topic, write informally, or share an idea where the focus is not on improving writing.
  • Use Stimulus-based Response 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 sophistication 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 / Prompt



Toggle the "This is a Library Assignment?" switch to "Yes"

Library Assignments are shared assignments made available to anyone in a school selected from a list. The list of available schools is visible once the 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. Please share any feedback you have about this feature using the Contact Us link in the footer of WriterKey.


Select the Grade Level


Click "Save"


Complete filling out your assignment options

Please go to the "Complete your assignment on the Assignment Sheet page" step of the help article How do I create an assignment? for more details.


Click "Done, return to Dashboard"


Go to "Assignment Library" to view library assignments

The "Assignment Library" link is located in the Teaching Center box on the left side of your Dashboard.

View your Library

Your Assignment Library stores your saved assignments and provides a quick link for reusing them with any class. Clicking the assignment name opens the assignment view screen where you are able to review all the details such as objectives, reflections, and grading. To assign it to a current class, just click the Edit icon and modify the definitions. Watch a quick video to see it in action.

Schools use this library to share assignments as well. School Assessment Admins (see Roles and Passwords link from the menu icon) can create Benchmark and other types of assessments to distribute to anyone in the school. School Assessment Admins may lock the assignment details to ensure that all students receive the same assessment. Unlocked assessments may be modified by each individual teacher without changing the original.