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NoRedInk: Help Your Students Improve their Grammar Skills


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Tech Product/Equipment:
Computer and projector, Mobile devices for students

Activity Description

NoRedInk Assignment Library
Source: NoRedInk Assignment Library (License: Protected by Copyright (c) [i.e. screenshot])

NoRedInk offers teachers and students grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and writing skills instruction, adjusting questions based on student answers and abilities. The teacher starts with a diagnostic test. As students answer the questions the content changes. When students answer incorrectly, tutorials help them correct their mistakes and move forward.

Assignments, quizzes, and diagnostics are easy to create and ready to use immediately. Student progress is tracked so the teacher knows what is happening and can adjust instruction.


  1. Make sure that the site is not blocked at your school before assigning students to use it.
  2. Watch the 2-minute video introduction on using NoRedInk. As you scroll down the page you will find short videos on adding students to your class and creating an assignment
  3. Enroll as a teacher.
  4. Set up your class.
  5. Set up a diagnostic assessment. This is simple and can be done in a very short time.
  6. Add an assignment on a grammar subject you are currently studying. Again, creating assignments is selecting the topic, selecting the subtopics, and selecting the number of questions.
  7. Download and print the Example Document - How to Enroll in NoRedInk - Students (above).


  1. Introduce the topic of writing and grammar.
  2. On the teacher's computer, go to the Example Web Site link (above).
  3. Demonstrate how to enroll by enrolling one of the students.
  4. Hand out the instructions for how to enroll.
  5. Demonstrate the Grammar Rules by selecting Rules on the menu bar.
  6. As a class go through a quiz or diagnostic.
  7. Assign students to enroll and go through the diagnostics.
  8. On the second day, go through how students can see how they did on their assignments, quizzes, etc.

Teacher Tips

  • Use the Grammar Rules (under Rules on the Menu bar) to introduce a topic.

More Ways

  • After logging in, watch the videos in the Help Center. The video titled Teacher Tip: Using the "Practice" Page will give you ideas on how to use the Practice page with your students to incentivize them.

Program Areas

  • ABE: Adult Basic Education
  • ASE: High School Equivalency Preparation
  • ASE: High School Diploma
  • ESL: English as a Second Language


  • Low
  • Intermediate
  • High
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced

Lesson Plan


What are the Parts of Speech?  Learners turn to their neighbors and make a list. Then all join together to gather a master list. What can be said about each one?

(nouns, pronouns, determiners, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions, interjections)


Parts of Speech are the building blocks of grammar and our writing. Today's objective Learn about and practice the basics of nouns and verbs. Learners turn to their neighbor and make a list of 10 nouns and 10 verbs. Combine the list as a class. Discuss what is a definition of a noun. a verb? 

Engagement Enhancement

The Introduction to NoRedInk discusses what is available at the site. You may want to share this 2-minute video with the learners and discuss how to use the site as a class. (Scroll down the page for more help videos including Adding students to your class and Creating an assignment.)

Make sure all students have an account at Noredink. Use the Document: Noredink Student enrollment instructions.

Introductory assignment: Identifying Parts of Speech 1

Engagement Enhancement

In pairs have learners work through Part I and Part 2 Identifying Nouns, and Distinguishing Common and Proper Nouns. As you select a section there are View Lesson, Practice, and Quiz Me. Learners go through all sections together.

Engagement Enhancement

As a follow-up assignment have learners do Part 3: Identifying Verbs independently. (click on the topic for the sections View Lesson, Practice, and Quiz Me to appear)

The next day, gather the class to discuss what was learned.

Engagement Enhancement

Learners create a worksheet of 10 sentences with both common and proper nouns. (do not identify the types of nouns on the worksheet0  Hand the worksheet to another student and have him/her work through the sentences.

Discuss what was learned. Reflect on how NoRedInk can be used to help with grammar and writing.

Engagement Enhancement Extension

Each learner looks through NoRedInk. Create an assignment on a topic of interest. Include the link to the resource in NoRedInk and the purpose of the assignment. Turn this in for future use by the class.



  • Language Arts - Writing
    • Writing Conventions
  • Reasoning Through Language Arts
    • Mechanics (Capitalization, Punctuation, Spelling)
  • Writing
    • Mechanics (Capitalization, Punctuation, Spelling)
    • Parts of Speech


  • Language
    • CCR Anchor 1 - Demonstrate command of the conventions of English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
    • CCR Anchor 2 - Demonstrate command of the conventions of English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


grammar, writing, no red ink, noredink, punctuation, capitalization


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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN220124 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.