The Prompts tab displays a table of pre-packaged prompts assigned to the level of the course..

  1. The filters at the top of the page can be used to narrow the list of prompts by Status, Type, Genre, and Content Area.
  2. To search for a specific prompt, type a word in the Search box. Any prompt title or description that contains this word will appear in the prompts list.
  3. Hovering over the icons to the left of each prompt title gives information about the prompt's enabled/disabled status, genre, stimulus material inclusion, and content area association.  
  4. A description for each prompt is displayed on the right.
  5. Click on the title of the prompt to view details. New or additional stimulus Material cannot be added to pre-packaged prompts. 
  6. Customize the prompt by clicking on the plus sign for Advanced Options
  7. Click on the plus sign for Peer Review to create a peer review form for students to complete. 
  8. If you teach multiple courses and want to reuse the prompt in several courses, click on the plus sign for Courses and select the courses to share the prompt, or uncheck courses to remove the prompt from those courses.
  9. Click Save to save any changes made to the prompt or click Delete Prompt to remove the prompt from the prompts table.


  1. To create and add a writing prompt, click the Add button.
  2. Enter a Title and write a Description for the prompt.
  3. Select a Genre from the drop-down menu. 
  4. Select a Content Area to assign to the prompt, if you choose.
  5. In the Shared drop-down menu select “Yes” if you would like to share the prompt with other MI Tutor instructors in your organization.
  6. Customize the prompt by clicking on the plus sign for Advanced Options (see Setting Advanced Options for a Prompt to customize the prompt specifications). 
  7. To create a peer review form for students, click on the plus sign for Peer Review
  8. If you teach multiple courses and want to reuse the prompt in several courses, click on the plus sign for Courses and select the courses to share the prompt.
  9. Click Save, or to add stimulus material such as reading passages, website URLs, or graphics, click Save and Add Stimulus Material.
    • To add a document or an image to the stimulus material, enter a label for the document, click Choose File to upload the document or image. 
    • To add a website URL, enter a label, in Type select URL, and paste in the website address in the URL field.
  1. To customize the options for a particular prompt, click on the title of the prompt.
  2. Under the prompt information, click the + next to Advanced Options.
  3. You can choose to set the following optional features or leave the default settings.
  4. Click Save. The prompt options you have chosen will be active for your students when they write to this particular prompt.

Graphic Organizer

  • If you choose to require students to complete a graphic organizer before beginning to write their essays, click Required in the drop-down menu. You can then choose a specific organizer, grouped by writing genre, from the drop-down menu, or you can allow students to choose an organizer themselves.


  • You can enable or disable a timer for student writing. If Enabled, you can set the timer for any time period between 30 and 90 minutes.

Due Date

  • To set an assignment due date, choose Enabled and then click in the date field to choose a date and time on the calendar.
  • If Required is chosen, students will not be able to submit their essays after the due date.
  • Click in the due date reminder field to create a notification reminder 1 day, 3 days, or one week before the due date occurs.

Essay Drafts

  • To limit the number of times students can submit their essays for scoring and feedback, change the default number of revisions to any number between 1 and 99.

Essay Format

  • Students can enhance the appearance of their finalized essay with text features such as font type, italics, etc. To disable this feature, click on the drop-down menu and choose Disabled.
  • To hide the option for students to format until a certain draft number, enter a number between 1 and 99.
  • Students should be advised to wait until they are ready to publish an essay before formatting it. Revisions made while formatting will not be updated in scored drafts. The student can return to their scored essay to revise it, but any formatting will be removed.

Essay Title

  • Choose Required in the drop-down menu to require your students to title their essays.

Cited Sources

  • Students can cite the sources they have used in their reading and research. You can choose to require students to include citation information or leave it as optional. Information included in the citation field will not be evaluated or scored by the PEG Scoring Engine.

Grammar and Spelling Feedback

  • This option controls when students will see PEG grammar and spelling feedback. Set the draft number to 1 if you want students to see the feedback with their first essay draft. Set the number higher, up to 99, so students don’t see the feedback until they have revised the essay the set number of times.


  • To recommend the prompt to specific students, click in the Recommended box and select the student names in the drop-down list. For the selected students, the prompt will appear at the top of their practice writing page.

Specialized Vocabulary List

  • In the Specialized Vocabulary List field, you can add any technical or uncommon vocabulary words that might be incorrectly tagged as spelling errors. These are words that are appropriate for the content of the essays, but are not recognized by the scoring engine. Words added in this field will not be flagged as misspelled words in the students’ essays.

Essay Copy/Paste

  • You can enable or disable the ability for students to copy and paste text from another source. This option can help limit incidences of plagiarism in student essays.

Score Enabling

  • Students’ scores on submitted drafts will be hidden until they have written the number of drafts you specify in this field.