Teaching with Writelike

Lesson components

Memory, Proofing, & Shuffle

You've seen the essential building blocks of Writelike lessons.

However there are some rare blocks that we should explain in case you ever happen to meet them (or if you want us to make more use of them somewhere).

Memory activity

In this activity, you retype a snippet from memory within a time limit. Click Start to begin typing, and finish within the limit or start again. (Hint: read and type in chunks.)

This is a good activity for younger students struggling with keyboarding skills, as well as basic reading and writing, but it's not core to what we do in Writelike so we don't use it much.

A few fishing vessels alone specked the water, and now and then the gentle breeze wafted the sound of voices, as the fishermen called to one another.

FrankensteinMary ShelleySource

Proofreading activity

In this activity type, you correct spelling and punctuation mistakes in a snippet.

We scramble spelling in a set number of words as well as punctuation symbols, and the student corrects each in turn. If you don't succeed within the time limit, you start again.

The original inspiration for this was trying to remind students to place commas inside quotation marks.

Is it meant to be that hard?
Disengaged students seem to like the proofing activities

Shuffle activity

This activity will be familiar to most teachers: take a passage, jumble the sentences, and ask students to reassemble them in the correct order. The idea is to consider the cues and structures that create order and coherence throughout the passage.

0 checks used
  • Squid and octopuses do this by taking in water and forcing it out of their body through a funnel-shaped tube called a hyponome.
  • The force of this water pushes the animal in the opposite direction.
  • Some animals, including squid, octopuses and jellyfish, move around by jet propulsion.
The Usborne Science EncyclopediaKirsteen RogersSource

Note: As with textboxes, you'll have to complete all these activities to be able to click the Next button.

If you want to move on without completing the activities, use the table of contents on the left.

Like what you see?

You’re not logged in!

If you want to save your writing, login and either assign this lesson to yourself or access it via your class.