“If we could institute only one change to make students more college ready, it should be to increase the amount and quality of writing students are expected to produce.”
From: “The Challenge of College Readiness” by David Conley
Ryan Johnson and Kendra Daman from Arcadia High School shared come of the Collins writing strategies they have been using with students on a recent visit. It is based on a very structured system to articulate the writing from “Type One” to the finished product of “Type Five”
One example of their use of graphic organizers to begin their planning of the final draft can be seen in their example CFA Asoka
The steps below are from http://www.collinseducationassociates.com/cwp.htm
TYPE ONE: CAPTURE IDEAS
Type One writing gets ideas on paper — it’s brainstorming. Type One is timed and requires a minimum number of items or lines to be generated. Questions and/or guesses are permitted.
- One draft
- Outcomes are evaluated with a check (√) or minus (-)
TYPE TWO: RESPOND CORRECTLY
Type Two writing shows that the writer knows something about a topic or has thought about the topic. It is a correct answer to a specific question.
- One draft
- Graded as a quiz
TYPE THREE: EDIT FOR FOCUS CORRECTION AREAS
Type Three writing has substantive content and meets up to three specific standards called Focus Correction AreasSM (FCAs). Revision and editing are done on the original.
- One draft (saved)
- Read out loud and reviewed to see if the draft completes the assignment, is easy to read, and meets standards set for the focus correction areas.
TYPE FOUR: EDIT FOR FOCUS CORRECTION AREAS
Type Four writing is Type Three writing that is read aloud by someone else.
- Two drafts (saved)
- Writing is critiqued by a peer and revised by the author
TYPE FIVE: PUBLISH
Type Five writing is error free and of publishable quality.
- Multiple drafts (saved)
- Published work