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Getting Started

The "How-to videos" are quick and easy demonstrations of LessonWriter features.

Our Quick Start Guides are printable, easy-to-follow, step-by-step guides to LessonWriter's most powerful feaures.

  1. Start here: Quick Start Guide to Classes
  2. Quick Start Guide to Creating Lessons
  3. Quick Start Guide to Teaching Online


Frequently Asked Questions.

What is the best way to get started working with LessonWriter?
  1. Click the “Get Started” button on the homepage and register.
  2. Next, log on and click on the “Manage” icon at the top of the screen.
  3. Click on “Create/ Edit Classes.”
  4. Click on “Create a new class,” complete the fields and click “Create”.
  5. Find a text that you would like to use to create a lesson for this class, and go to Teach section to create a lesson.
Can my students take lessons online?
YES! With a school or premium account, your students can take lessons online.
Click here to upgrade to a premium account.
To teach online:
  1. Go to the Manage section and click on the "Assign work" link in the Students column.
    • Select the Class and lesson you want to teach.
    • Click the Staus icon and change the setting to "Assigned".
    • Go the Classes section and get the Join Code for the appropriate class.
  2. Share the Join Code with your students
    • Have students register at (Only necessary the first time; students can add unlimited Join Codes to the same account.)
    • Tell them to insert the Join Code on the registration page.
  3. When the students login, the lessons assigned will be available for them to take online.
How do I create a Lesson from text?
  1. Copy text for a lesson to the computer's clipboard.
  2. Click 'Teach” on the top navigation bar
  3. Click 'Make a lesson based on text'.
  4. Follow the instructions for the input page and all the additional pages.
How do I create a Lesson from a video?
  1. Copy the embed code for the video onto your computer's clipboard.
  2. Click 'Teach” on the top navigation bar
  3. Click 'Make a lesson based on video'.
  4. Follow the instructions for the input page, making sure to paste the embed code into the correct spot.
  5. Copy tex to go with the video and paste the accompanying text into the box.
Which mode (Express, Standard, or Detailed) is best for me?
  • If you need a lesson in less than a minute, Express will deliver complete lesson and lesson plan quickly.
    In Express mode, LessonWriter chooses vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, roots and stems, graphic organizers and a mix of five open-ended questions for your lesson.
  • Standard and Detailed require more time and work, but provide you with greater control and flexibility.
    • With Standard mode, LessonWriter choosses the literacy support components (vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, roots and stems), and it is up to you to design and select the graphic organizers and comprehension questions.
    • In Detailed mode, you will have the opportunity to make all the selections. Detailed mode allows the greatest control over differentiation, as you can even assign components and tasks by differentiation group.
    Regardless of the mode you use to create the lesson, you can always edit any portion of the lesson to add, delete or change the content.
What is the scaffolding selection?
For literacy skills (Pronunciation, Grammar, and Roots & Stems), LessonWriter suggests which teaching point makes the most sense based on what you have taught in previous lessons to that class.The teaching points build on another, leading to increasing skill and complexity.
What is the high-frequency selection?
For literacy skills (Pronunciation, Grammar, and Roots & Stems), LessonWriter shows the teaching point that occurs the most in the passage that you have picked.It also shows relevant examples from the passage.