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The Writing Guide is an application that students can use for middle school all the way through graduate school. It is a very simple interactive way for students to understand the writing process, as well as the mechanics of writing. At the bottom of the screen they have three options style, content, and organization. They can use these three sections and then zoom into the wheel to choose whatever area they'd like to look at. For example, under style, let's say that a student's trying to format some citations. They can click on the citation section of the wheel, and they can bring up a citation guide.
Here they have access to both the summary of the MLA citations, as well as a summary of the APA style. When students are done viewing a particular section, they can simply hit the back button. Let's also say that a student's trying to organize their paper, and they're trying to figure out what a good hook would be for the start of their paper. Here it's going to help walk them through the process of what makes a good hook, what they should do, and what they shouldn't do. And when it comes to contents, students have the ability to start exploring more than just text on a page, but start thinking about what their paper actually represents. They can look at the tone of it, the narration of it.
They can think about who their audience is and how it appeals to certain people. If they're writing a persuasive paper, there's even a section to allow them to understand persusasion and how they can best build those strategies into their paper. Now for most students, they won't use every single option in this application the first time they write a paper. But as they move through writing papers and start utilizing this tool, they're going to become more and more familiar with all of these areas. And the end result is a stronger writer. This application does cost $4. And if any student came up to me and said they wanted it, I would hand them the money. I believe that this application is that powerful in helping our students become better writers.
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