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Open Punch®

Helps students brainstorm and write assignments – on the web!

Product Description

What Does Open Punch Do?

Teachers assign writing topics based on personal tastes, timely events, or in response to texts student have read. The program helps students write clear and concise responses in a paragraph format.

The program contains interactive modules for Opinion, Fact and Narrative paragraphs

Contextual help and feedback engage students of all ages.

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

Designed for students in grades 4 through and 9 (ages 9 and up), the software can also be used by English language learners and adult students.

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 an easy-to-use management.

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.

Covers U.S. grade equivalent levels 4.0 through 8.0

  • Opinion: Present a Point of View
  • Fact: Inform and Explain
  • Narrative: Tell a Story

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.
  • Analyze and revise a draft to further develop a piece of writing.

Additional Resources

Teaching Tips

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Program Guides

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Student Tracking and Management

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Calhoun County Middle/High School

Mount Zion, WV