Merit Software Introduces New Online Versions of Its Award-Winning Writing Programs, 'Paragraph Punch' and 'Essay Punch'

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100% web-based editions of Paragraph Punch and Essay Punch provide the complete programs over the Internet.

Merit Software has just launched new online editions of Paragraph Punch and Essay Punch - widely used tools that improve students' writing skills. The Punch programs guide students through the process of writing an effective paragraph or essay. Unlike most educational supplements that are either assessments or drill and practice, the Punch programs are tutorials that respond to student inputs with personalized help and tips.

With the Punch writing programs students learn by doing. They select a topic, and use the program's pre-writing notepad to collect relevant words and phrases. Working interactively with the software, students develop an idea, craft a topic sentence, compose the body of a paragraph or essay, and draft a conclusion.

The Punch programs provide questions to guide users, step-by-step, through pre-writing, organizing, writing, editing and rewriting. Written works can be copied and pasted into other word processors or text editors. Instructors are able to monitor their pupils' work through an easy-to-use management system.

Previous editions of Paragraph Punch and Essay Punch have received numerous awards and accolades for excellence in teaching. The Utah Instructional Materials Commission has given Paragraph Punch its highest rating as a curriculum supplement. The California Learning Resource Network recommends both Paragraph Punch and Essay Punch.

The online version of the Punch programs works with the Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari browsers. Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems are supported. One full year's access to each program costs $45(US). Attractive classroom and school district licenses are available. A free edition of Paragraph Punch and Essay Punch is also available online, no login is required.

For more information call (212) 675-8567, or visit one of the following websites: http://www.paragraphpunch.com/, http://www.essaypunch.com, http://www.meritsoftware.com/.

Other Merit Software writing websites include http://www.businessletterpunch.com and http://www.bookpunch.com.

Editorial evaluation accounts available on request.

About Merit Software:
Since 1983, Merit Software has been producing educational software that addresses the core competencies that students require to succeed. The emphasis is on strengthening students' ability to read, analyze data, and communicate their ideas. Merit Software's programs are known throughout the industry for providing context-sensitive tutorials for students, and convenient record management features to aid teachers, tutors and parents. Visit http://www.meritsoftware.com to examine the company's library of educational applications, currently being used in thousands of educational facilities worldwide.

Merit's educational software has been the subject of rigorous, independent, scientific-based research. These studies have concluded that Merit's software provides an effective supplement to everyday instruction. Research findings are available on http://www.meritsoftware.com/research.

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