All Things New with Revision Assistant

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Welcome back to school! “All things new” seems to be a resounding theme during this season: new year, new students, new school and district initiatives, and new tools. We are excited to report that the theme of newness also applies to Turnitin’s offerings!

The Curriculum Team (Remember them? You met them a few weeks ago) has been hard at work all summer expanding, rewriting, and improving Revision Assistant prompts, rubrics and feedback. The Signal CheckSpot Check, and Expansion Pack libraries have all grown, and exemplars have doubled since the last school year ended! To get a sense of the new prompts, check out the tables below. 

New Signal Check Prompts

Genre

Grade

Prompt

Argumentative

Grades 7-8

Problems Offer Opportunities

Screen Time

Sky-High Salaries

Grades 11-12

Financial Literacy

Right to Privacy

Informative

Grade 6

The Curse of the Poisoned Pretzel

The Effects of the Great Depression

Grade 7

Santorio Santorio and the Thermometer

Grade 8

Digital Footprint

Neighborhood of the Future

Grades 9-10

Driverless Cars

 

New Spot Check Prompts

Genre

Grade

Prompt

Analysis

Grades 6-8

The Man in the Water

Grades 9-12

Big Data

Martin

Argumentative

Grades 7-8

Naps: Healthy or Not?

Grades 9-10

Civil Service

Informative

Grades 7-8

Nature by Design

Tomorrow Seeds

Grades 9-10

Civil Rights

Lonely Town

Grades 11-12

Owning the Self

Narrative

Grade 6

Expect the Unexpected

You've Got a Friend in Me

Grade 7

A Story About Patience

London Eyes Open

Grade 8

Just Because

Stand Alone

What's My Name?

Grades 9-10

Question Everything

A Story About Laughter

The Tell-Tale Heart

Grades 11-12

Mistakes Were Made

 

New Expansion Pack Prompts

Genre

Grade

Prompt

Argumentative

Grade 6

Group Work: Help or Hurt?

Owning a Pet

Grade 7-8

Protest: Violent or Not?

Informative

Grade 7

Acts of Kindness

Grade 9

Taking Risk

In addition to a wealth of new prompts, we have made significant improvements to the Narrative genre. Based on teacher input, we’ve optimized the rubric, scoring, and comments to provide more actionable feedback to students. For suggestions on incorporating new prompts into your curriculum, view the Scope and Sequence document, which details “essential questions” associated with each prompt and related concepts.  

For more curricular supports, view our exemplars, sample essays that can help teachers gain further insight into how Revision Assistant is assessing student work. Need some inspiration? Here are 25 Ways to Use Exemplar Essays to help with all that back-to-school planning. Recently added exemplars include:

Narrative:  

Argumentative:

Informative

We know the “newness” that comes with back to school can be simultaneously exhilarating and a tad bit overwhelming. Revision Assistant is the ultimate teaching assistant, and with these updates, you’ll conquer “all things new” in no time.