How we motivate students

Here are some of the ways that we encourage students to jump right in and start writing:
We use prompts
Branching interview questions help students choose topics to write about and stay focused on a central idea. When the student answers a question, more questions often pop up to encourage deeper thinking.
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Students choose their own path
At each step, students choose a minimum number of questions from a menu of possibilities, so they can follow their interests.
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Essays are organized automatically
The student's answers are categorized into an outline with section heads, showing them how their ideas fit into an overall structure.
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Students can see their progress
Progress bars give students a sense of how much work is expected and how much they have completed. 
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ELL students can translate
Teachers can turn on Google Translate for individual students and specify their languages.
Audio supports the text
Students can listen to the questions, speak their thoughts, then listen to the drafts they create.
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