What should I know about the Review Training Lessons?

What you should know about the Review Training Lessons, from set up to grading.

Welcome to the Review Training Lesson. The purpose of this document is to provide instructors context and a step-by-step guide to using the active digital lesson. Instructions will also be included on how to integrate the lesson into your course or LMS if using. 

Instructor Preview Mode

To easily navigate the Review Training Lesson and try it prior to your students, without having to answer questions screen by screen, follow the instructions at the bottom of this page and access the English Composition I Demo.

NOTE: You will need access to the Demo by someone on our team. Email team@inspark.education for access.

Sign Up

If you are interested in teaching, please then: sign up to teach.

Institution Payment

Our team will create a Class for you that you can access in the Smart Sparrow Workspace at https://aelp.smartsparrow.com, under CLASSES top right. Please email support@inspark.education if you do not see a Class with your name.

LMS Enrollment

Follow the instructions for associating a lesson(not a Learnspace) in your LMS using the Class created for you (look for the lesson titled Review Training in the association flow). 

NOTE: You will not need to set up Smart Sparrow as a Tool Provider in the LMS; this will already be done by your IT department.

Manual Enrollment

If you prefer to use a manual student enrollment, without grade sync and easy sign in for your students, follow the steps for Manual Enrollment at the bottom of this page.

NOTE: You will need to let our team know that you would prefer manual enrollment otherwise the ENROLL STUDENTS button will be greyed out in your Class.

Teaching With This Lesson

Do any of these statements resonate with you?

  • I wish I had time to dig into the importance of reviewing as part of the writing process.
  • My students don’t think they are good enough writers to give a peer review.
  • In early drafts, students keep focusing on grammar, but they need to focus on higher order rhetorical concepts.
  • Too many rhetoric examples are essays!

If so, great! This is what the Review Training Lesson aims to address. 

This lesson sequence differentiates the reviewing process into three parts. Students identify rhetorical concepts, assess effectiveness, and communicate clear feedback. Then students will develop and refine their own drafts using the Peer Review Tool.

Other key features include:

  • Time: Review Training reinforces foundational rhetorical concepts, so you have more time to work on nuances in class (whether online or in person).
  • Adaptive Digital Learning: Lessons are interactive and respond to student choices.  Students receive more practice as necessary and can even choose examples that interest them.
  • Real-World Examples: Students look at rhetoric in a broad array of genres from speeches to social media posts to infographics. Topics fold in vocational interests such as medicine, technology, and business.

How To Use The Lesson

1. Pick the path(s): There are three paths in the lesson, and you can assign any or all of them in any order. For each path, students will receive one point so you can grade completion. Below is a flow chart of the lesson (see a more detailed diagram): 

NOTE: You will need to explicitly tell your students which path(s) to take if you do not want them to do the whole lesson. The screen where students select their path: 2. Choose when in your course students should complete the lesson: Review Training fits best after rhetoric units because the lessons only recap rhetorical concepts. If placed after the first draft of an assignment, then students can review and edit the draft they are working on in the lesson.


One point is assigned for completion of each path in the lesson. Follow the instructions to sync your grades with the LMS, if using, or download completion scores for the lesson as a spreadsheet.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who made this?
    • Review Training was developed by ASU’s ETX Center and the Inspark Teaching Network, as part of the Open Active Textbooks program, funded by a grant from the Dept. of Ed. As part of this grant program, it was vetted and reviewed by multiple English instructors from our partner institutions.
  • What prep do I have to do?
    • Just the steps above; however, we imagine many faculty would like to review it beforehand, so they know the content if they want to weave it back into the class.
  • Are assessments built into the lessons?
    • Lessons are adaptive, so if they are missing a concept they’ll get more practice. 
    • Scoring is only for completion of a lesson. Review Training will score one point for each path completed by the student.
  • Do students need to do the introduction?
    • Yes. It sets the context, introduces the characters, and explains the reference images. If students return for another path in the lesson, they can skip the introduction.