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Writable is a writing program for grades 3-12 that engages and scaffolds students through the writing process while saving teachers time on prep and feedback. Writable supports whole group, small group, independent practice, and virtual learning, with the ability to support writing alongside reading in ELA and content areas. Check out this 2-minute video to see how Writable works.
About this Guide
The following guide includes embedded links to step-by-step guides, videos, and additional resources.
Set up your Writable Account and Classes
1. Go to app.writable.com.
2. Click 'I’m a teacher'.
3. Choose a sign-in option
'Sign in with Google' to link your Google account. This allows access to Google Classroom and Google Docs.
'Sign in with Microsoft' to link to your Microsoft account for quick and easy log-in.
'Sign in with Schoology' if your school/district has set up a Schoology integration. Click here for more information about linking Writable and Schoology.
Tip! Check out these support resources if your school or district uses an LMS, such as Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, or HMH Ed.
Copy, Customize, or Create an Assignment
Writable has a library of more than 600 assignments and prompts and it’s easy to customize or create your own assignment. Find an assignment in Explore – many have reading passages, graphic organizers, and state-driven rubrics.
In the Writable Explore Library you can also find assignments shared by your district leaders. Click 'My District' or check out this article to read more.
1. Click to Preview the assignment.
2. Click ‘Copy Assignment' to add it to your assignments.
Try the 'Act as Student' feature to model the write/review process as a student.
Use the create your own assignment wizard when needed.
Assign to Classes
Next, find your assignment in ‘My Assignments’ and follow these steps:
1. Click ‘Assign’ and select which classes you'd like to assign to.
2. Choose your assignment and feedback options.
Tip! Start small. You can enable additional feedback options on an assignment later by editing the assignment settings.
Choose how students will review by including peer and self-reviews in the assignment. Reviews offer students the opportunity to revise and improve their work with reflection and peer feedback.
3. Once you assign, the assignment will appear as ‘Active’ on ‘My Assignments’, and students will be able to access the assignment on Writable.
Looking for more about the student experience? Check out these articles and videos:
Guide and Grade Student Writing
Once students begin submitting their work, you can start guiding your students and monitoring their progress:
Grade and review student work to provide feedback.
Use AI Insights to track how students are doing on grammar, structure, organization, and originality/plagiarism.
Export & print student writing for record-keeping and portfolios.
Export scores to Google Sheets or CSV.
Tip! Over time, you can progress monitor and differentiate instruction in ‘Report’.
Ready to dive into more support resources?
Check out our Guided Tour for an in-depth look at Writable features
Share the Quick Start PDF Guide with other educators getting started
Visit Writable Academy for upcoming webinars and recorded mini-courses