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How to Use the Copy Assignment Feature

By Anna Warfield

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Storyboard That has a lot of great ideas for student activities and for teaching topics. We want to make it easy for you to access these resources, but also understand that what we have provided may not be exactly what you are looking for. The Copy Assignment feature gives you an excellent starting point for student activities!

Copy Assignment

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How do I use the Copy Assignment Feature on Storyboard That?

When you press that blue Copy Assignment button when logged on as a teacher, here is what happens:


  1. An Assignment is automatically created in your Teacher Dashboard.

  2. The name of the Assignment is taken from the title of the activity from the Teacher Guide.

  3. The student instructions are copied into the Assignment Description.

  4. The Quick Rubric URL is pasted into the rubric URL field. The basic rubric will appear below.

  5. The blank storyboard template is copied to your account, converted to a template, and added to the assignment.


Pretty cool, right?


Everything is customizable. Don't like the name of the Assignment? Go to Manage Assignments and click "Update Title". Need to make changes the template? Go for it, it's yours now. Need more than one template for your students? Add more templates to the assignment!


I Don't Want Those Student Instructions

The student instructions are intended to be very generic so they can be customized. Teachers are encouraged to change the student instructions to suit their particular assignment, grading criteria, and student needs. Often, teachers like to put in specific requirements, due dates, examples, or other important information. Click "Edit Description" to change the student instructions that are automatically copied to the assignment. The Description supports basic HTML markup, meaning you can put in links, bold text, lists, etc. If you don't want HTML, just enter plain text as you normally would.

Change Description

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I Don't Want That Rubric

Like the student instructions, the rubrics were designed to be very generic. We all know that the best rubrics are very specific, but every classroom is different. A very specific rubric might work for a class here or there, but a highly specialized rubric would not be useful for most classes across the country. We are giving you a starting point. You know your students, specific performance objectives, and curriculum best.


You have several options when it comes to rubrics.


1. Keep the Original Rubric

If you like the basic rubric, then you don't need to do anything else. The rubric is automatically attached to the assignment.


2. Copy the Original Rubric and Tailor to Your Needs

This is the option we suspect most teachers will take.

  1. In the bottom left corner of every Quick Rubric rubric, you will see, "View, Print and Copy this Rubric at https://www.quickrubric.com….". Click on the hyperlink or copy and paste the URL into your browser to go to the page.



  2. Click "Copy Rubric" to make a copy the original rubric. Once you have your own version, you can make all changes you want. Save your rubric.

  3. After you save the rubric, click "View / Print Rubric" and you will see your new Quick Rubric URL in the bottom left corner!

  4. Select and copy the URL, then paste the URL in the rubric field on the assignment. Click "Submit".



  5. Your rubric is now attached to the assignment!


3. Create Your Own Rubric on Quick Rubric

Many teachers will want to create rubrics that fit district standards or student performance objectives. This process is very similar to the process above, but here you start from scratch.


  1. On Quick Rubric, click "Create a Rubric".

  2. Fill in the rubric to suit your purposes. Add criteria and performance levels as needed.

  3. Click "Save Rubric" periodically and after you finish.

  4. After you save the rubric, click "View / Print Rubric" and you will see your new Quick Rubric URL in the bottom left corner!

  5. Select and copy the URL, then paste the URL in the rubric field on the assignment (replacing the original rubric URL). Click "Submit".


  6. Your rubric is now attached to the assignment!


4. Remove the Rubric Altogether

To remove the rubric from the assignment, simply delete the URL in the rubric field on the assignment and click "Submit". You can always go back and put a new rubric in at any time.


I Want a Different Template

When you press that blue Copy Assignment button, the provided template is automatically copied into the assignment as a template. If you do not want to use the template we have provided, it is easy to get rid of it or use your own. Click on the template title to view the storyboard. You can change the assignment that the template belongs to, or you can delete the template entirely.



How to Make Templates for Students

Step 1: Make Storyboard

Create a storyboard according to your specifications. Add text or images, change the number of cells, change the background or text color of title and description boxes, adjust the size of each cell, etc.


Step 2: Save Storyboard

Save your storyboard. While not necessary, it may be worthwhile to name the storyboard with something generic, such as "Vocabulary Frayer Model" or "Character Map".



Step 3: Convert Storyboard

After you create and save the storyboard you want to use as a template, look below the storyboard for the "Convert Storyboard to Template" button. It looks like this:




Seriously, it IS that easy.


Add the template to an Assignment on Storyboard That for students to use as a starting point through the Teacher Dashboard. When viewing the storyboard, select the assignment from the drop-down menu below the storyboard in the "Add to Assignment" section.


The Assignment I WANT Doesn't Have a Blue Button

The Copy Assignment feature is still in its infancy. Most of the ELA activities have the copy assignment features, but not all activities in our teacher guides do. Let us know if there are activities you wish had a Copy Assignment button at feedback@storyboardthat.com.


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