West Morris High in New Jersey was struggling with teaching their students how to use evidence appropriately. Teacher Natalie O’Neil wanted to create an engaging writing assignment that her students could relate to and one that aligned to the new Common Core standards.
Using Citelighter, Natalie assigned a two-page expository essay on the topic of coming of age. Her students were required to conduct background research that included reading a historical novel, reviewing two current information texts from the NY Times and Huffington Post, and watch the film, Dead Poets Society.
Using Citelighter Teacher Tools, Natalie created an assignment that allowed her students to think critically about what they had read and watched as well as help them organize their thoughts into a well-constructed outline.
As a result of Citelighter’s easy, drag-and-drop instructional tools, Natalie found that her entire class performed, on average, 15% better than the previous assignment that she had them complete without Citelighter.