Quill Connect

Help your students advance from writing fragments and run-ons to composing complex, well-structured sentences with Quill Connect. By combining sentences, students learn how to demonstrate relationships between ideas. Then, they receive instant, custom feedback designed to help them improve the clarity and precision of their sentences.

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PROMPT

Patrick Henry opposed new British taxes.

He gave a speech.

The speech was powerful.

The speech was to inspire the colonists.

How Quill Connect Gives Feedback

Students are prompted with four ideas and asked to join them together. There are many different ways of combining them, and Quill serves feedback on hundreds of potential answers. Here is a student's progression from their first attempt to a strong sentence.

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1st Attempt: Write Concisely

The student used and to join multiple ideas together. This is a very common pattern for emerging writers. Quill breaks this pattern by challenging students to revise their work.

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2nd Attempt: Show Relationships

While using and to join the two main ideas is grammatically correct, it is not the strongest way of conveying the relationship between these ideas. Students are prompted to use a conjunction that expresses a cause and effect relationship. This is an important step towards conveying complex ideas.

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3rd Attempt: Use Punctuation

The student showed the correct relationship but left out the comma. Quill provides feedback and shows a model sentence to help guide the student.

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4th Attempt: Strong Sentence!

The student wrote a clear and concise sentence!

Quill provides additional feedback to reinforce what the student learned.

PROMPT

Patrick Henry opposed new British taxes.

He gave a speech.

The speech was powerful.

The speech was to inspire the colonists.

How Quill Connect Gives Feedback

Students are prompted with four ideas and asked to join them together. There are many different ways of combining them, and Quill serves feedback on hundreds of potential answers. Here is a student's progression from their first attempt to a strong sentence.

connect image

1st Attempt: Write Concisely

The student used and to join multiple ideas together. This is a very common pattern for emerging writers. Quill breaks this pattern by challenging students to revise their work.

connect image

2nd Attempt: Show Relationships

While using and to join the two main ideas is grammatically correct, it is not the strongest way of conveying the relationship between these ideas. Students are prompted to use a conjunction that expresses a cause and effect relationship. This is an important step towards conveying complex ideas.

connect image

3rd Attempt: Use Punctuation

The student showed the correct relationship but left out the comma. Quill provides feedback and shows a model sentence to help guide the student.

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4th Attempt: Strong Sentence!

The student wrote a clear and concise sentence!

Quill provides additional feedback to reinforce what the student learned.

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"Quill has been a wonderful tool for my third graders, many of whom are second language learners. We especially love the immediate feedback provided after each practice; it has definitely made us pay closer attention to detail. Quill has greatly contributed to our growth mindsets this year!"

Laura Marshall, Caswell Elementary School

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