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Process Writing

Open Punch

Designed to help students write clear and concise paragraphs to teacher-assigned topics about anything from current events to reading responses, Open Punch includes guided templates for argument, informational, and narrative writing.

Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8


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  • Introduce claim or topic
  • Develop ideas, reasons, evidence
  • Use descriptive, precise language
  • Use transitions
  • Provide a conclusion
  • Can be used for student writing across the curriculum.
  • Effective research-based computer-assisted instruction: embedded cognitive strategies, e.g., repetition; rehearsal of content; paraphrasing; drawing inferences; use of illustrative examples
  • Student control over amount and sequence of work performed and extent of review needed, leading to increased mastery and improved attitude towards learning
  • Improvement of writing skills a. Recognition of points of difficulty and confusion b. Advancement at student’s own pace c. Scaffolding and enhancing comprehension
  • Generalization of skills to other contexts and situations, i.e., transferring these skills to other academic areas
  • Detailed class management via Merit Software record keeper a. Teacher can track and check students’ progress b. Teacher can track and intervene at points of difficulty c. Student records may be exported into spread-sheets 
  • Engages cognitive thinking and metacognitive strategies step by step step (Bloom and Krathwohl, 1956)
  • Supports constructivist learning by providing students with choices; decisions; multiplecompletion paths for writing tasks (Shepard, 2000)
  • Explicitly teaches steps necessary for planning, revising, and/or editing text; increases students’ independent writing skills. (Graham, 2006). a. Teaches different ways to write a paragraph b. Shapes further learning responses through interactive feedback
  • Provides a way for a wide range of students to get personal feedback when learning the writing process (Matsumura, Patthey-Chavez, Valdes, and Garnier, 2004).
  • Improves comprehension of students struggling with language arts skills and produces gains across the curriculum in social studies, science and mathematics (O’Byrne, Securro, Jones, and Cadle, 2006). 


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