John Collins Writing Basics: ◊ The John Collins’ Writing Model is used in all Nashua schools. ◊ John Collins Writing is used math, social studies, language arts and math. ◊ When using John Collins, you will skip every other line on the paper. ◊ There is a certain format expected with John Collins Writing. (heading) ◊ Writing is sometimes kept in school in writing folders.
5 Types of J.C. Writing: • Type 1: Capture Ideas • Type 2: Respond Correctly • Type 3: Edit for FCA’s • Type 4: Peer Edit for FCA’s • Type 5: Writing to Publish
Type 1 Writing: • What is It?: • informal writing to generate ideas, explore, or recall • NO right or wrong answers • “Getting ideas on paper” • Like brainstorming and journal writing • Required Number of lines • Timed Writing • Brain Dump Writing – No Stopping… • √ or - grade
Type 2 Writing: • What is It?: • Writing that “shows” the writer knows something about the topic • Correct answer to a question • Usually a Quiz Grade • Write 3 things … • Write a paragraph that tells 3 ways that …alike and 3 ways different …. • Explain five different ways…
Type 3 Writing: • What is it?: • More formal writing with specific requirements or “Focus Correction Areas” (FCA’s) • Writers create a draft, read it out loud in a “one foot voice” and review it to answer these questions: • Does it sound right? • Is it easy to read? • Did I achieve my goals? • Have I carefully checked for focus correction areas? • Revising and editing done on the first draft.
Type 4 Writing: • What is It?: • More formal writing with specific FCA’s • Is read out loud by the writer. • Is read and critiqued by another person. • Requires two drafts to make all changes and revisions
Type 5 Writing: • What is It?: • Formal writing for the purpose of publishing. • Multiple drafts, corrections and revisions • Self editing, peer editing and teacher editing
Focus Correction Areas (FCA’s): • FCA’s show what the teacher expects you to have in your writing. • FCA’s can include capitalization, punctuation, sentence variety, indentation, spelling, etc. • FCA’s are written on the upper left of your paper. • You will be graded on whether you follow the FCA’s • You may be asked to underline, circle and/or highlight some of your FCA’s
Proper Format…. Title Name FCA’s Date Class X___________________________ _____________________________ X___________________________ _____________________________ X___________________________ _____________________________ X________________________________________________________X________________________________________________________X________________________________________________________