WriteLab: Not Just for English Teachers
The utility and efficacy of WriteLab in the English classroom is clear: You assign essays and students use the app to improve their work across drafts with the assistance of feedback generated by machine learning and natural language processing. Although writing tasks and assignments are often exclusively associated with English classes, there are ways you can integrate WriteLab into classrooms across disciplines.
Science: Effective Lab Reports
Science writing is one way to engage students in discovery, and WriteLab helps make the inquiry process more effective. Whether your students are collaborating on lab reports or keeping a journal of hypotheses, WriteLab’s feedback parallels all of the necessary skills students need to be strong science writers. Clarity and concision are two crucial elements of science writing, and both are supported by WriteLab’s Editor. WriteLab also gives feedback on students’ logic by asking them to evaluate their claims and consider how they use and analyze evidence.
Math: Writing to Solve Problems
If you use journaling or writing in your math classes to help students grapple with problems and methods—or if you want to start using them—WriteLab eases the burden by providing your students with quality feedback and guidance in developing reports. Similar to the science classroom, journals that track understanding and development of skills in math require writing that is concise and clear. WriteLab provides feedback on the use of unnecessary, empty words and excessive use of adverbs and adjectives. Both of which can cloud your students’ understanding of the processes they are learning.
History: Working with Rhetoric
Helping students hone effective arguments is difficult in any subject, but it can be especially daunting in a history class when students are likely to rely on simple recitation of facts. Writing essays relying heavily on rhetoric in a history class can prove to be a special challenge for students. In your history class, you want your students to develop basic rhetorical strategies in their writing to produce compelling arguments. However, teaching rhetoric and writing skills along with history facts is a huge task for one teacher. WriteLab helps to ease some of the work of editing with its Logic feedback. It focuses on abstract concepts, rhetorical appeals, and conclusions. WriteLab helps students develop more effective argumentative writing—which will serve them well not only in the history classroom but in the English classroom as well.
Art: Analysis Skills
In your art classroom, you may strive for your students to think outside of the box. And it may seem counterintuitive to want them to conform to rules of writing. But developing their writing skills in concision and logic helps to develop their skills in art analysis. The Concision feedback in WriteLab helps to eliminate superfluous language, particularly when it comes to adjectives. Challenge your students to describe a work of art in a straightforward manner. Have them eliminate extraneous adjectives and focus on facts. Lastly, the Logic editor helps students develop an argument about a work of art, identify clichés, and present abstract ideas.
WriteLab is an online writing platform that offers immediate, actionable responses to students' prose as they draft, revise, and polish their writing.