Collins Writing Program

Five Types of Writing


Type 1: Capture Ideas

Type One writing gets ideas on paper-brainstorming.  Type One is timed and requires a minimum number of items or lines.  Questions and/or guesses are permitted.   Evaluated with a check or minus.  One draft.


Type 2: 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, graded as a quiz.  One draft.


Type 3: Edit for FCAs

Type Three writing has substantive content and meets up to three specific standards called focus correction areas.  It is read out loud and reviewed to see if the draft meets the following criteria: completes the assignment, is easy to read, and meets standards set by the focus correction areas.  Revision and editing are done on the original.  One draft.


Type 4: Peer Edit for FCAs

Type Four writing is Type Three writing that is read out loud and critiqued by another.  Two drafts.


Type 5: Publish

Type Five writing is error free and of publishable quality.  Multiple drafts.


For All Types

For all types, skip lines.  For Types One and Two, label the type on top left-hand side of paper.  For Types Three and Four, list focus correction areas on top left-hand side.  Type Three and Four papers should be saved and used to practice editing skills.



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