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Essay Punch
Takes students through the steps of writing an essay.

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Helps students already familiar with writing a paragraph begin to write a short essay. Students learn the techniques of expository writing -- to persuade, inform, or describe.

Choosing from a menu of topics, students are guided to develop an idea and write their own short essay. Steps to finished essays include pre-writing, outlining, organizing, revising, rewriting, and publishing.

Teachers can monitor their students' progress in the record management system.

Designed for students in grades 7 to adult (ages 12 and up), the software can also be used by English language learners and adult students.

“An excellent product.”
- University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX


Essay Punch, Skill Levels 7 to Adult

  • The program contains 9 writing topics and 1,080 help prompts to guide students through each step in the writing process.
  • Contextual help and feedback throughout.
  • All student work is stored in the Teacher Program Manager.

Students will...

  • Use pre-writing strategies for different writing tasks.
  • Write clear descriptive sentences.
  • Focus writing on a central idea or topic.
  • Use devices to develop relationships among ideas.
  • Use supporting ideas, details, and facts to develop and elaborate on a topic.
  • Use an effective organizational pattern.
  • Proofread to correct conventional errors in mechanics, usage, and punctuation.
  • Analyze and revise a draft to develop a stronger, more substantial piece of writing.




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Track students' progress with Merit's Teacher Program Manager, included with this program at no extra charge.

All versions of this Merit Software Windows 2000/2003/XP program require 8 MB RAM and 32 MB hard disk space. This program requires a minimum screen resolution of 800 by 600 pixels. Windows Vista and Windows 7 users may run this program in Windows XP mode.


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Essay Punch - $69.00

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Home Version $69.00 Use on one computer. Record keeping for 2 students
1 Station: Stand-alone $199.00 Use on one computer. Record keeping for 42 students
5 Pack: 1 Station: Stand-alone $699.00 Use a 1 Station: Stand-alone version on up to 5 separate computers (non-networkable)
5 Stations: Networkable $1,249.00 Use on a network with 5 concurrent users. Record keeping for 1,000 students
10 Stations: Networkable $2,125.00 Use on a network with 10 concurrent users. Record keeping for 1,000 students
Site License Contact Us Use on a network with more than 10 concurrent users. Record keeping for 1,000 students
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