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Help rising 10th grader boost comprehension before taking SAT/ACT prep classes

QUESTION: Area of Concern:  Comprehension and Writing  Submitted by: Parent Grade Level: High School Competency: At Level My kid is a rising 10th grader and a good student.  Looking for ways to boost her comprehension before she needs to start taking SAT/ACT classes.   Looks like Merit has several programs that can help her.  Which program do[…]

How to prepare for college academic writing?

QUESTION: Area of Concern:  Writing  Submitted by: Parent Grade Level: College Competency: At Level My daughter just finished high school and she is starting a four-year university in the Fall.  Senior year for her was about getting into college, not preparing for college.  She hasn’t written an essay since 11th grade.   How can Merit help her? […]

Paragraph Power vs Paragraph Punch

QUESTION: Area of Concern:  English Language Arts  Submitted by: Instructional Coach Grade Level: Elementary School Competency: Below Level What is the difference between Paragraph Power and Paragraph Punch? ANSWER: Paragraph Punch is an online program with direct instruction.  Paragraph Power covers paragraph writing, but in a paper format.  Paragraph Punch has a strong track record of[…]

What ESL Materials Do You Suggest for International Students?

QUESTION: Area of Concern:  English Language Arts  Submitted by: Principal Grade Level: High School Competency: Below Level My school has about 35 International students from Asia.  English is not their first language.  In the past we’ve used books and translations of books to help them adjust to high school.  As these kids are all digitally oriented, this[…]

What program could prepare my ESL students for TABE material?

QUESTION: Area of Concern: Help with all Subjects Submitted by: Teacher Grade Level: ESL Students Competency: Below Level We have a few ESL students, and we don’t know what to do with them. They don’t want to go to college.  They don’t really have academic goals beyond our program. Though they’re too advanced to be in ESL classes, their[…]

Lexia PowerUp versus Merit Reading

QUESTION: Area of Concern: Reading Comprehension Submitted by: Teacher Grade Level: Middle School Competency: Below Level We are currently using Lexia PowerUp.   We are looking for alternatives.  The content of Lexia PowerUp is too childish for our students.  The levels are not difficult enough and the videos are for a younger audience.  How does Merit Reading compare to Lexia[…]

What program could prepare my TABE students for GED writing?

QUESTION: Area of Concern: Process Writing Submitted by: Teacher Grade Level: Adult Education Competency: Below Level Currently there is a big gap between TABE materials and the GED test.   The GED test requires students write essays, but the TABE materials do not offer any guidance for instructors to teach writing.   Teachers are left on their own to figure[…]

Need Help Teaching Writing By Distance Learning

QUESTION: Area of Concern: Writing Process  Submitted by: Teacher Grade Level: High School Competency: Below Level In this swift transition to distance learning I’ve realized I need help teaching writing remotely.  I teach special needs students in a 9th grade English class. Can Paragraph Punch and Essay Punch help me teach writing via distance learning? ANSWER: Thank[…]

Accessibility/Accommodations Coordinator Needs Help

QUESTION: Area of Concern: Reading Comprehension Submitted by: Administrator Grade Level: Special Education Competency: Below Level I am the coordinator for Accessibility/Accommodations for my K12 school.  I really cannot manage/track data for the entire school at once. I am looking for a way to gather data while students work on chunks of learning activities. Can you help?  […]

Want to Relearn High School English

QUESTION: Area of Concern: Writing Process  Submitted by: Self / Adult Grade Level: High School Competency: Below Level Can this be used if I have already graduated from High school and just want to relearn? But have someone to grade my work?  I’m looking to better understand how to write at a college level. I have high[…]

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