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  • 1. The Collins Writing Program: Providing Keys to Student Learning Promoting Writing and Thinking Across the Curriculum Wilmot Consortium Schools May 21, 2009 Christine Maefsky
  • 2. Writing in All Content Areas
    • Think
    • Explain
    • Compare and Contrast
    • Reflect
    • Critique
    • Clarify
    • Describe
    • Define
    • Develop comfort with technical terms
    • Activate prior knowledge
    • Predict
    • Make connections
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  • 4. Five Types of Writing John Collins, Ed.D. , founder of Collins Education Associates (CEA) and author of the highly successful Collins Writing Program, is an acknowledged expert in converting research on writing and thinking into practical and timesaving teaching techniques .
  • 5. Based his work on research that …
    • Emphasized three “F” factors that have significant impact on student learning and writing :
        • FREQUENCY
        • FOCUS
        • FEEDBACK
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  • 6. Frequency of Writing …
    • Regular writing across the curriculum
      • Makes writing an extension of thinking
      • Enhances academic engagement
      • Promotes content-specific
      • vocabulary development
      • Promotes content-specific concept
      • development
      • Increases long term retention of
      • material learned
      • Builds confidence and comfort
      • Leads to improved writing performance
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  • 7. Focused Writing Instruction …
    • Five Types of Writing
      • Each Type targeted at a different reason for writing
      • Each Type has distinct and clear expectations and upfront goals
      • Help to manage the teaching and learning process in all classes
      • Help make teaching manageable
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  • 8. Strategic Feedback on Writing …
    • Each Type has specific strategies teachers use to provide strategic feedback
    • Focus Correction Areas – targeted and specific content and writing skills
    • Clear criteria that guides students’ thinking and writing
    • Teacher provides descriptive feedback on clear criteria
    • Further focuses instruction
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  • 9. Five Types of Writing: The Master Key Christine Maefsky
  • 10. Five Types of Writing
    • Type One Writing : the House Key
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  • 11. Type One Writing - To Capture Ideas
    • 1. No “right or wrong” - only “ what you think ”
    • 2. Done individually
    • 3. Is timed
    • 4. Has a quota
    • 5. Always evaluated
    • One draft
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  • 14. Five Types of Writing
    • Type Two Writing: the safety deposit box key
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  • 15. Type Two Writing …
    • Writing that shows that the writer knows something about a topic
    • It is a correct answer to a specific question
    • Graded as a quiz
    • One draft
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  • 18. Five Types of Writing
    • Type Three Writing: the Car Key
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  • 19. Type Three Writing …
    • Has substantive content and meets up to three specific standards called Focus Correction Areas (FCAs)
    • Read out loud and reviewed to see if the draft meets the following criteria:
      • Completes the assignment
      • Easy to read
      • Meets standards set by the FCAs
    • Revision and self-editing done on the original first draft
    • One Draft
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  • 20. Focus Correction Areas
    • The Remote Entry Key
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  • 21. FOCUS CORRECTION AREAS FCAS
    • 1. The aspects of writing on which you are asking students to focus
    • 2. The criteria by which the writing will be evaluated/graded
    • 3. Based on: the writing task , the content and skills taught, needs of students
    • 4. No more than three
    • 5. Mix of content, organization, style, conventions
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  • 22. Potential Writing FCAs
    • Sufficient, relevant detail
    • Technical vocabulary used and spelled correctly
    • Beginning and ending that establishes focus and purpose
    • Clear sequence of detail or information
    • Complete sentences
    • Correct capitalization
    • Sentence variety
    • Powerful verbs
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  • 25. Five Types of Writing
    • Type Four Writing:
    • the Double-Sided Key
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  • 26. Type Four Writing …
    • Is a Type Three writing that is read out loud and critiqued by another ( Peer Edit )
    • Has FCAs
    • Reinforces the processes of writing
    • Develops revising and editing skills
    • Two drafts
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  • 27. Peer Editing Christine Maefsky
  • 28. Five Types of Writing
    • Type Five Writing: the Key of Harmony
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  • 29. Type Five Writing..
    • Publishable quality
    • Writing that can go outside the classroom without explanation or qualification
    • Special projects
    • Multiple drafts
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  • 30. Other Keys in the Collins Writing Program
    • The Key Cabinet = The Collins Writing Program
    • The Keycard = Teacher Implementation
    • Folders
    • The Control Key = Student Cumulative Writing
    • Folders
    • The Skeleton Key = The Three Paper Review
    • The Do Not Duplicate Key = Read Out Loud
    • The Keyboard = Seven Element Great Writing Assignments
    • And more…
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  • 31. The Collins Writing Program
    • Why it Works
    • It’s practical
    • It’s manageable
    • It saves time
    • It’s teacher friendly
    • It embeds writing in all content areas
    • It’s sustainable
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  • 33. The Collins Writing Program: Providing Keys to Student Learning Write to Think - Write to Learn
    • Christine Maefsky
    • [email_address]
    • Collins Writing Program
    • www.collinsed.com
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