The first step we suggest when teaching with Grammarly is to have your students write a short paper to learn how to utilize the tool. You might encourage them to make mistakes so they can see how the resource works. After they have written a rough draft, have them put it into Grammarly.
As they look through the suggestions, give them guidance in which tips are appropriate and which ones they should pass. We suggest you go through these tips as a whole group using several students’ papers, without naming them. Remind your students that each student has a different voice, and no website can account for their unique style and voice. The ultimate decision for taking Grammarly’s tips is up to them.
Encourage your students to look for patterns. For example, if there are several comments about needing to add commas, encourage/teach the students about comma usage. If there are several tips on passive voice, teach students what it means to use passive voice. After teaching students based on the tips students are getting, teach students how to change their writing based on these patterns.
If you utilize a writing workshop style in the classroom, you can use Grammarly during student conference time to give more meaningful feedback. You can also teach in small groups if several students lack the same skills. Another way to use Grammarly in the classroom is to use it as peer review resources. Have the students sit down and discuss the tips Grammarly is suggesting. Have students talk about the pros and cons of the advice Grammarly is giving. As students use Grammarly, they will be encouraged and learn confidence.
Grammarly allows you to set goals within your writing, and this feature is excellent for teaching purpose, style, audience, and tone. When the student goes in and sets the goals, Grammarly will use these goals to help drive their writing to make it purposeful.
The first goal set is the audience. Knowing who is going to read their paper should change how they write it. The audience choices include general, knowledgable, and expert.
The next goal is style. Does the student’s writing need to sound formal, informal, or have a neutral tone? After teaching formality in the classroom, Grammarly will help ensure they keep the same style throughout the writing.
The final goal set is the domain. The domain is similar to purpose, but what rules must they follow based on the area they are writing. Grammarly recognizes academic, business, general, email, casual, and creative as domains they can help.
Knowing these goals helps Grammarly deliver better judgments. Having students utilize these goals will help you teach the purpose of writing, tone of writing, and style of writing.
There is no discount for Grammarly for students but they do have a free version. Ask your students to sign up to Grammarly so they can practise at home to improve their writing.
Grammarly has an online handbook covering five different categories of writing. These categories include grammar, punctuation, mechanics, techniques, and style. Within each of these categories, some tips and skills can be utilized in the classroom to help teach misconceptions, holes or introduce new ideas. If you notice a particular student that is having trouble using parenthesis, you can send them to the Grammarly Handbook, and they can read about parentheses and see the proper usage. If a writer uses a lot of passive voice, you can send them to the Grammarly Handbook for a refresh on what it is and proper usage. The Grammarly Handbook is an excellent tool for students.