Under the Prompts tab, teachers can manage pre-packaged prompts and create their own custom prompts.
- Click on the Prompts tab to see the list of available pre-packaged prompts assigned to the grade level of the course.
- Prompts are labeled as enabled/disabled, genre, stimulus material, level, and content area, title and a description. Teachers can hover over the icons to read the description of what it represents and click on the plus sign next to the prompt description to read the full prompt.
- Click on the name of the prompt to view details of the prompt and set the Advanced Options.
- Click on the filters to narrow the list of prompts by status, genre, level, sub-genre, and content area. Icons denote writing genre, level, and inclusion of stimulus material.
- To search for a specific prompt, type a word in the Search box. Any prompt title or description that contains this word will appear in the prompt list.
Adding a Custom Prompt
- To create and add a writing prompt, click the Add button.
- Enter the title and prompt, then select the genre from the drop-down list. Select “Argumentative,” “Informative/Explanatory,” or “Narrative,” for responses greater than 250 words in length. Select “Constructed Response” for responses fewer than 250 words in length. When available, you can also select a sub-genre and content area for the prompt. Click Save.
- If you would like to add stimulus material such as reading passages, website URLs, or graphics, click the Save and Add Stimulus Material button.
- To add a document or an image, enter a label for the document, select the document file and click Choose File button to upload the document. To add a website URL, enter a label, select URL, and paste in the website address.
- To search for a specific prompt, type a word in the Search box . Any prompt title or description that contains this word will appear in the prompt list.
- For our recommended best practices on creating teacher prompts, review our guide!
Optional features for each prompt can be found by selecting the prompt and clicking on the plus sign next to Advanced Options. Click each feature in the list below to learn more.
- Essay Drafts
- Essay Format
- Grammar and Spelling Feedback
- Peer Review
- Specialized Vocabulary List
- Removing a Prompt
- To set the timer for a student essay, select Enabled and enter the number of minutes allowed, between 30 and 90.
- To disable it entirely, select Disabled.
- To allow students to resubmit an essay, click Enabled and enter the number of retries allowed, between 1 and 99.
- To prohibit students from resubmitting a new draft of an essay, click Disabled.
- To allow students to format and finalize an essay for publication, click Enabled and enter the number of drafts that must be completed before seeing the Format button, between 1 and 99.
- To prohibit students from formatting and finalizing an essay, click Disabled.
Grammar and Spelling Feedback
- To specify the number of drafts that must be completed before seeing spelling/grammar feedback, enter the number of drafts required, between 1 and 99.
- By default, each prompt is enabled for peer reviews and the names of the student writers and reviewers are shown. To turn off the peer review feature for a specific prompt, select Disabled.
NOTE: Peer review is not available for constructed response prompts.
- To keep the student author's name anonymous for peer reviews, select Hidden.
- To keep the reviewer's name anonymous for peer reviews of this prompt, select Hidden.
- Click Save.
- To recommend a prompt to a specific student or group of students, click in the box next to Recommended.
- Select the student, or students to whom you wish to recommend this prompt.
- Click Save. Upon saving, the prompt will appear under Recommended by your Teacher for the student when they login.
Specialized Vocabulary List
The Specialized Vocabulary List can be used to prevent the scoring engine from flagging specific words as misspellings for this prompt. Only words that should NOT be marked as misspelled should be added to this field. These are typically technical or content-related words that would otherwise be marked as misspelled even though they are correct. NOTE: This should be done before any student begins working on this particular prompt.
The following words are examples of ones students might use in essays. Normally, these words would be marked as misspelled. However, if they are added to the Specialized Vocabulary List, they will not be flagged.
Remember that PEG ignores misspelled proper nouns in the middle or at the end of a sentence, but offers spelling suggestions for sentence-initial ones.
From Tom Sawyer
NOTE: The scoring engine will still consider these misspelled words, but with minimal (if any) impact on the score. Words added to this field will be considered for inclusion in the permanent lexicon in order to avoid scoring impacts in the future. All words in this field are case sensitive.
Removing a Prompt
- To remove a custom prompt you have built, click Remove Prompt. This option is only available for prompts you have created and that have not been shared.
To share a prompt that you have created with teachers in your school, select the prompt and click Share. Select whether you would like to share through the PEG Writing system or through e-mail. If sharing through the PEG Writing system, the prompt is shared with other teachers on your grade level within your school.
Please remember, once you share a prompt, it is permanent.
Managing the Student Prompt List
Enabled prompts are labeled with a green checkmark icon and disabled prompts are labeled with a red NO icon.
NOTE: When you first log into a course, the three Student Choice prompts will be enabled by default. Any created prompts will automatically be enabled when saved.
- To disable a prompt, click on the box next to the name of the prompt and click Disable.
- To enable a prompt, click on the box next to the name of the prompt and click Enable.
- Or, to enable or disable all prompts, click on More, and select either Enable All or Disable All.
To recommend a prompt for your students, click on the Prompts tab. Next, select any prompt and click on Advanced Options. Click in the empty box to select individual students or click on Select All to recommend the prompt for all students in the class. Do not forget to click Save.
Click here to see more about recommending prompts.