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.
The following guide includes embedded links to step-by-step guides, videos, and additional resources.
Launch Writable from HMH Ed
Follow these steps to create your Writable account through HMH Ed.
❗ Note: You will need to launch into Writable at least once to access your HMH curriculum and all Writable features.
Go to Log into Ed and go to the 'Discover' tab.
Using the dropdown, choose the grade and program you are using Writable with.
❗ Note: You will need to choose each grade level and program and follow the steps below to access the HMH content in Writable.
Click 'Connected Solutions'.
Click the 'Open' button in the 'Writable' box.
Tip! If you see a 'Writing Tasks' button instead of Writable, you have access to the Basic version of Writable. Watch this video or talk to your administrator to make sure you have access to the Premium version of Writable.
(Recommended) When prompted, link your Google or Microsoft account.
Using an LMS with Writable? Check out these resources to help with importing your classes and rosters:
❗ Note: Students will also need to launch from Ed into Writable the first time they log in. Share these directions to guide students through logging in.
Need more help? Read more about launching from Ed here.
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.
This year we are excited to share new Writable Journeys - assignment collections to help you guide students from simple writing tasks to more complex writing goals. Choose a Journey from the Explore Library to get started, and click here to read more on how to use these assignments.
HMH Curriculum can be found using the categories in the left menu.
Note: You may need to launch from Ed for each grade level you teach in order to see the content in Writable.
You can find over 600 customizable assignments and prompts in the rest of the Explore library. Click 'My District' to find assignments shared by your district leaders.
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
Once you have your first assignment and your classes are setup, follow these steps:
1. Click ‘Assign’ and select which classes you'd like to assign to.
2. Choose your assignment and feedback options.
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 with feedback and reviews.
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