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My 8th graders can’t write an essay! What middle school writing software do you recommend?


Area of Concern: Process Writing

Submitted by: Teacher

Grade Level: Middle School

Competency: Below Level

My students need a lot of help with their writing. They need help with paragraph formation, beginning, middle, and endings of stories, and details in an essay.



Thanks for your inquiry. Merit Software has helped many students improve their writing skills.

A good start for your students would be Paragraph Punch. Paragraph Punch helps students learn different ways to write an effective paragraph by focusing on reasons, details, sequence, example, and cause and effects. Help prompts guide students step by step through pre-writing, writing, organizing, editing, rewriting, and publishing.

Once they have finished working on this program they may move on to Essay Punch and build on the skills they’ve acquired. Essay Punch is an interactive writing tutorial in that helps students learn to present information in a clear and concise manner. The program guides students step-by-step through the steps of completing an essay.

Good luck!

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