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Project Score: Write Like a Historian

Build structured, rubric-based support into your writing instruction. Provide additional support where needed based on Score, the OER Project’s automated essay-scoring service.

Every history teacher deserves a writing assistant that helps identify and focus on areas for student improvement. Project Score includes lessons, tools, prompts, and an automated essay-scoring service proven to help students write better and improve their historical writing and literacy skills.

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Course length


Course materials
  • Prompts 25
  • Activities 13
  • Guide 3
  • Assignments 25

Why Teach with Project Score?

This course features Score, the free OER Project essay-scoring service. When combined with writing prompts and scaffolded pre- and post-writing activities, this powerful tool provides consistent formative feedback and loads of data to inform instruction and discussion.

  • Prompts: A variety of writing prompts address enduring historical questions about our planet, life, and humanity.

  • Prewriting: Scaffolded warm-up activities help prepare students for writing by introducing them to key elements of the Score Writing Rubric and giving them ample opportunity to prepare for successful writing.

  • Postwriting: Getting students to revise their writing can be a challenge. Scaffolded revision activities, focused on the Score Writing Rubric, give students the guidance and structure they need.

  • Consistent, instant feedback: Students can independently check their writing and receive immediate feedback to help inform their writing.

  • Informs instruction: Teachers receive individual and class data to help identify who needs extra help or where a class is struggling.

  • Sparks discussion: Score is not a grading tool—it’s a conversation starter for you and your students and a way for you to make data-driven instructional decisions.

Flexible. Ready to Use. Fully Supported.

Project Score can be taught as a two-week course, or you can use the activities anywhere within the Big History Project or World History Project courses for additional writing instruction. Find comprehensive support from the OER Project team and our vibrant teacher community.

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As Part of a Full Course

Help yourself to everything our free, online history courses have to offer: mind-blowing content balanced with critical skills development and lots of support.

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As a Standalone

Get started building student writing capabilities—with confidence.

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Always Fully Supported

Not sure how you will use this in the classroom? Connect with fellow teachers and scholars in the OER Project Online Teacher Community to get your questions answered.

Extend Student Learning with our Supplemental Units

Try an OER Project supplemental unit to boost skill development in your classroom. These extension materials are the perfect supplement to an existing history or language arts curriculum.

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    • Articles 36
    • Videos 25
    • Activities 14
    • Opener 2
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    • Articles 16
    • Activities 8
    • Closer 1

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