FIVE TYPES OF WRITING: A PRACTICAL APPROACH
The Collins Writing ProgramSM employs
Five Types of WritingSM. Through these five types the program delivers
a unique, copyrighted approach to writing and thinking that
offers much more than the standard writing process. The program
distinguishes itself from others through its proprietary approach to
student practice and by showing teachers how to guide their
students through all five types using practical, easy-to-use
strategies and techniques that are sure to improve student
Throughout, the program places special emphasis on Type Four writing, where peer editing takes place. Type Four writing assignments provide students
with opportunities to draft, edit, and receive meaningful feedback on their
work -- within manageable limits.
More specifically, Type Four writing
involves four core elements:
TYPE ONE: CAPTURE IDEAS
One writing gets ideas on
— 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.
Outcomes are evaluated with
a check (√) or minus (-)
TYPE TWO: RESPOND CORRECTLY
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
TYPE THREE: EDIT FOR FOCUS CORRECTION
Type Three writing has substantive content and meets up to three
specific standards called
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
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
Five writing is error free and of
Multiple drafts (saved)