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1 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step MERIT SOFTWARE Have a question? Call us toll free: (800)

2 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 2 Teacher Orientation to Book Punch Structure or "Anatomy of the Program" The following pages show the steps students work through to write their paragraphs. My Progress across the top of the screen indicates the section on which the student is working.

3 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 3 INTRODUCTION Introduces the book on which the writing prompts are based. First students will see a series of introductory screens.

4 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 4 TOPIC Students are given several writing prompts and are asked to choose one as the focus of their paragraph.

5 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 5 TOPIC Students personalize Text-to-Self Topics In the Text-to-Self writing prompts, students are asked to enter their own personalized subject, which will be the topic of their paragraph.

6 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 6 PRE-WRITING A series of questions encourage students to brainstorm about the topic they have chosen to write about. Tips are available if the student wants help.

7 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 7 PRE-WRITING The program places students' answers in the Pre-Writing Notepad. The program places students' answers in the Pre-Writing Notepad.

8 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 8 PRE-WRITING Students are encouraged to think about the topic and list all of their ideas. After students have answered the prewriting questions they are asked if they have more ideas to add. The program engages advanced students by encouraging them to add more ideas on the topic.

9 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 9 WRITING - OPENING SENTENCE The program provides sample opening sentences.

10 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 10 WRITING - OPENING SENTENCE After viewing sample sentences, students write an original opening sentence to introduce their paragraph.

11 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 11 MORE PRE-WRITING Students look at their opening sentence together with their pre-writing items. Students are asked if they wish to list more pre-writing items to support their main idea.

12 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 12 MORE PRE-WRITING Students review the pre-writing items for relevance to the opening sentence.

13 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 13 WRITING - BODY Students write sentences for the body of the paragraph. The Pre-Writing Notepad reappears with the Writing Notepad next to it. The student's opening sentence appears in the Writing Notepad. Students begin the body of the paragraph by choosing an item from the Pre-Writing Notepad. Then they use this item in a sentence, which is saved in the Writing Notepad.

14 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 14 WRITING - BODY Students write sentences for the body of the paragraph. Students are encouraged to write complete sentences. The sentence must begin with a capital letter, have appropriate end punctuation, and include at least two words.

15 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 15 WRITING - BODY Students write sentences for the body of the paragraph. Students continue to choose items and write several sentences to complete the body of the paragraph.

16 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 16 ORGANIZING Students decide which sentences to use and in which order. The Writing Notepad containing the student's sentences appears on the left half of the screen. A Paragraph Notepad with the student's topic sentence is on the right half of the screen. Students transfer sentences from the Writing Notepad and arrange them in the Paragraph Notepad, deciding which sentences to use and in which order. All the sentences do not have to be used, but at least four must be chosen for the student to proceed.

17 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 17 ORGANIZING Students review their work in paragraph form. In the second step of the Organizing section, students see their work for the first time in paragraph form in the Paragraph Draft Box.

18 ORGANIZING Students add transitional words. Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 18 Students are encouraged to add transitional words to help the sentences flow smoothly from one thought to the next. The program includes examples of how to connect ideas in different ways. From this point on, students may print their work. (The printout will show the section of the program from which the work was printed.)

19 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 19 WRITING - CLOSING SENTENCE The program provides sample closing sentences.

20 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 20 WRITING - CLOSING SENTENCE After viewing sample sentences, students write an original closing sentence to end their paragraph.

21 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 21 REVISING - OVERVIEW Students review their whole paragraph in the Paragraph Draft.

22 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 22 REVISING - OVERVIEW The program guides students in the use of the Add, Change text, Remove, or Move buttons.

23 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 23 REVISING - OVERVIEW A series of screens asks students to check their work and suggests places to use the editing tools to make changes.

24 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 24 OPTIONS MENU Students are presented with optional lessons to help them improve their writing. The Options Menu contains four subsections: STYLE, SENTENCE STRUCTURE, GRAMMAR AND PROOFREADING. Each subsection contains lessons designed to help students improve their writing. The record-keeping program lets the teacher know which subsections the students have completed. The Reading Check does not include the Options Menu.

25 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 25 STYLE Students are encouraged to review their choice of nouns, adjectives and verbs. Examples show how changes can make paragraphs more interesting to read.

26 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 26 SENTENCE STRUCTURE The program reminds students about the common sentence structure problem of run-on sentences. Examples show how to correct them.

27 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 27 GRAMMAR Students are encouraged to improve their use of commas. Examples show some of the many ways to use commas in a paragraph.

28 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 28 PROOFREADING The program reminds students about the proper use of capital letters. Examples show students how to use capital letters correctly. In the first proofreading screen, students see their work in paragraph form in the Paragraph Draft Box. After reading their paragraph students review their use of capital letters.

29 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 29 PROOFREADING Students revisit their paragraph for spelling errors. Spell checking is available here as a review tool.

30 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 30 PUBLISHING Students are given the opportunity to continue revising their work before publishing.

31 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 31 PUBLISHING Students have a final opportunity to review their work before saving it. The Publishing Menu has three choices: Review: Review the revising sections again. Spell check: This is a final opportunity to review spelling. Save: This saves the student s work to the student s online portfolio. After students save their paragraphs the Publishing Menu changes allowing them to print out their completed work.

32 Merit Online Learning User Guide for Teachers Book Punch Paragraph Writing Topics Step by Step page 32 PUBLISHING After students save their work they are congratulated and presented with new choices in the Publishing Menu. After the students' paragraphs are saved, students are presented with these options: Print: The student s work appears in a browser window for printing. Name and date appear at the beginning of the printout. Ther Reading Check printouts report the student s key point score. The student s Evidence and Inference paragraphs display the topic s prewriting prompts. Word Processor: Copies the student s work to the Clipboard so that it can be pasted into a word processor document. New Topic: This button allows students to start a new topic without going back to the Learning Center.

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