Once a teacher has assigned comprehension questions or a writing prompt to his or her class, students can log on to their Front Row accounts to complete the assignment. Teachers can assign articles in advance and can also assign multiple articles at once. For this article, I've assigned students the Martin Luther King, Jr. article.
1) Students log on at https://student.frontrowed.com and select Assignments.
2) Students choose the pending assignment listed under "Assignments" to complete.
Students see a list of assignments ordered by date. This student, for example, can see that he has a list of assignments to complete, including the Toothbrushes writing assignment and the Toothbrushes reading assignment.
3) Students complete reading comprehension assignments by reading and answering questions.
Students can scroll both on the article side and the questions side of the assignment. Students can also click on the paragraph they are reading (or tap the paragraph when on the iPad) to select that paragraph. This makes it easier for students to track where they are in their reading.
Students can also highlight text as they read. To highlight, students simply use the computer mouse (or their finger on an iPad) to select the words they want to highlight. There are 4 different highlighter colors to choose from. This feature can be used in a number of different ways. Students can highlight confusing words or sections of text in one color. They can select evidence for the writing prompt using another color. Teachers can ask students to use different colored highlighters for various purposes.
Students check the box or boxes next to the answer choice(s) they want to select. Some questions have one answer, while other questions have multiple answers. Students click the green "Submit" button when they are done and want to submit the assignment. Students earn coins for completing ELA assignments and can visit the Piggy Store to redeem those coins.
When students have submitted their answers, they will immediately see their performance on the assignment. Students can look over their answers and view correct answers to better understand how they did.
When students navigate back to their ELA assignments, they can view their completed assignments at the bottom of the page.
Students can click on each completed assignment to review how they answered the questions. Responses highlighted green signify correct answers. Responses highlighted red signify incorrect answers.
4) Students complete writing assignments by responding to a writing prompt.
For writing assignments, students simply click on the assignment, read the article and the prompt, and type their response in the text box to the right of the article. Most prompts require students to use textual evidence in their responses. Students submit their responses when finished and wait for teachers to assign them a grade.
Teachers can then see student performance on particular assignments by logging on to their teacher accounts, clicking on the "Articles" button under ELA Reports on their Teacher Dashboard, and clicking on the "Student Activity" report. Here, teachers will find a list of all ELA assignments ever sent to students. To see more information about the assignment including how students performed, filter the Student Activity by either the student or the assignment. Teachers can get immediate feedback on how well students were able to read and comprehend an assigned article or how well they were able to respond to a corresponding writing prompt. To learn more about what information you can see with the "ELA Student Activity Report" button, click here.