Essay Punch® Online

Takes students through the steps of writing an essay online. Learn more, take a tour, try a free demo.

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Structured support for students. Built-in monitoring for teachers and tutors. (click to expand)

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.

Students learn how to write an essay from any computer with an Internet connection. They learn the techniques to write an expository essay – to persuade, inform, or describe.

The program contains 9 writing topics to guide students through each step in the writing process.

Contextual help and feedback engage students of all ages.

Instructors may view student writing, in real-time, with an easy-to-use monitoring tool.


“Easy to use. My students love using it.”

Moreno Valley High School

Moreno Valley, CA

Inspires Enthusiasm

A structured and supportive environment that lets all learners experience success.

Enhances Interaction

Instructors can quickly discover individual areas of concern and be able do something about them.

Streamlines Learning

Built-in explanations and immediate feedback help students overcome obstacles while they work.

Automatic Tracking

Teachers can monitor pupil progress and work through easy-to-use management tools.

Concepts Covered

Designed for English language learners and older students, as well as pupils in upper elementary and secondary grades.

Self-paced and self-advancing; moves students ahead as they demonstrate readiness.

Pupils receive immediate, personal help throughout.

Teachers can monitor pupils’ progress and time-on-task through an easy-to-use online portfolio.

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 and facts to develop and elaborate on a topic.
  • Use an effective organizational pattern.
  • Proofread to correct errors in mechanics, usage, and punctuation.
  • Analyze and revise a draft to further develop a piece of writing.

Additional Resources

Teaching Tips

Implementation ideas from a wide array of students and educators who have worked with Merit’s online learning tools.

Program Guides

View a list of Merit step-by-step user guides to enhance your experience with our online learning products.

Student Tracking and Management

All Merit online learning programs include FREE tools to track and monitor student progress and usage.

Essay Punch® Demo

Full-working sample, no login required. Works with all major browsers. Best viewed on a laptop, desktop, tablet. 

Purchase to get access to Merit’s Online Learning Student Tracking


Essay Punch – Description (1 topic)

Purchasing Options

Starting at $49 for 3 months access, plus free tracking.  Backed by a 30-day money back guarantee.  Buy online to start immediately.

Pricing from $9 to $13 per user for 30 or more students.  See school price list.  Learn about pilots. Get a quote

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