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The John Collins Writing Program : 

The John Collins Writing Program A model for writing-across-the-curriculum and writing to learn

What do you know about the Collins Writing Program? : 

What do you know about the Collins Writing Program? 3 things you already know If you don’t know anything, 3 things you’d like to know Spelling doesn’t count You have 3 minutes – GO!

Who is John Collins? : 

Who is John Collins?

Who is John Collins? : 

Who is John Collins?

Who is John Collins? : 

Who is John Collins?

Who is John Collins? : 

Who is John Collins?

Who is John Collins? : 

Who is John Collins?

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Dr. Collins is an acknowledged expert in converting research on writing and thinking into practical, time saving teaching techniques for K-12 schools. The Collins Writing Program is used in thousands of classroom by millions of students throughout the United States.  For more than twenty years, Dr. Collins has been providing teacher training and consulting services to schools. His company, CEA, has conducted more than 15,000 workshops nationwide and has worked with school districts of every type and size. Dr. Collins received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College, Master of Education from Boston University, and Doctor of Education from the University of Massachusetts. He has taught from the elementary to the graduate level. Most recently, Dr. Collins was a keynote speaker at the prestigious Harvard Principal’s Center.

John Collins Writing Program : 

Writing is characterized by 4 types: TYPE 1: Getting ideas on paper – brainstorming TYPE 2: 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. John Collins Writing Program

John Collins Writing Program : 

TYPE 3: Writing that has content and meets up to 3 specific standards called FOCUS CORRECTION AREAS. It is read out loud and reviewed by the writer. TYPE 4: TYPE 3 writing that is read aloud and critiqued by another (teacher, peer) TYPE 5: Writing of publishable quality John Collins Writing Program

The Type 1 : 

Gets ideas on paper -- brainstorming. K-W-L, 3 things you know about: football/transmissions/venereal diseases/gravity/making turnovers; 2 questions you’d ask: Jefferson/Newton/the maker of the Fig Newton Timed and requires a minimum number of items or lines to be generated. Questions and/or guesses are permitted. Outcomes evaluated with a √ or −, 100 or 0 The Type 1

The Type 1 : 

KEY BENEFITS Assess prior knowledge before instruction in order to set the stage for new information. Read these “Entrance Slips” anonymously before instruction to set the stage for new ideas. (create a list of keywords, a list of questions, 3 things I know/don’t know) Give students time to write briefly on the day’s topic before contributing to class discussions Pause in the middle of instruction to check for understanding, or to make connections and predictions. (paraphrase, ask a question) Students who are reluctant to add to discussion get a voice! The Type 1

The Type 2 – Now you try! : 

On your paper, answer the following: Explain one benefit of using a Type 1 writing assignment in the classroom. The Type 2 – Now you try!

The Type 2 : 

KEY BENEFITS Can be used in a similar way to “exit slips” at the end of class. Can be graded as a quiz. Great for that last couple of minutes – really stops those “early packers” Reinforces subject matter from that day The Type 2

Are you tired of the same old way of grading writing? : 

Are you tired of the same old way of grading writing? NOW THERE’S A BETTER WAY! Where is the content? Why can’t they just think like me? When are the English teachers going to teach them to write?

The Type 3 : 

Writing that has content and meets up to 3 specific standards called FOCUS CORRECTION AREAS (FCAs). Before handing in it is read out loud and reviewed by the writer. Using the patented 1 foot voice The Type 3

The Type 3 : 

The Type 3 Possible uses Essay assignment Take-home or as part of a test Explaining a process Solving a word problem, changing a tire, cooking a recipe, throwing the perfect spiral, etc.

FOCUS CORRECTION AREAS : 

FOCUS CORRECTION AREAS Students zero in on a few key aspects of their writing with each assignment. Students concentrate on improving only a handful of skills at any one time and never feel overwhelmed by having to think about too many things. Over the course of the school year, students cover and master numerous FCAs, resulting in significant improvement in their writing abilities.

FOCUS CORRECTION AREAS : 

FOCUS CORRECTION AREAS KEY BENEFITS Emphasis on clearly specified writing criteria Allows for individual writing style Promotion of content learning and critical thinking skills Improvement of organizational skills CORRECTING TIME!

FOCUS CORRECTION AREAS : 

FOCUS CORRECTION AREAS 20 pts Use sentence variety 50 pts Thesis is supported with appropriate details from the story 30 pts Proper subject/verb agreement Style --- Content - Usage/Grammar - Explain who you feel is at fault for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet.

FOCUS CORRECTION AREAS : 

FOCUS CORRECTION AREAS 15 pts --- 40 pts - 30 pts - Total 85 pts 20 pts Use sentence variety 50 pts Thesis is supported with appropriate details from the story 30 pts Proper subject/verb agreement

The Type 3 – Now you try! : 

The Type 3 – Now you try! Find someone from your discipline Come up with a Type 3 writing assignment you could assign in class Decide on 2-3 FCAs What do you want it to look like? Be ready to share

The Type 3 : 

The Type 3 WASN’T THAT EASY?! But wait, there’s more!

Type 4 : 

Type 4 Add peer editing to any Type 3 and it automatically becomes a Type 4 writing assignment! Students read each other’s papers and correct only for the FCAs

Type 5 : 

Type 5 The elusive Type 5 is considered a publishable piece of writing that could be sent in to a writing contest, publishing house, etc. It has gone through several stages of edits.

Closure : 

Closure TYPE 1 – activating prior knowledge

Closure : 

Closure TYPE 2 – assessing understanding

Closure : 

Closure TYPE 3 – assessing with content standards + self-editing

Closure : 

Closure TYPE 4 – add peer editing

Closure : 

Closure TYPE 5 – the perfect piece of writing

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