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Writing assignments

Throughout the year there will be writing assignments. Writing is critical to language development and thinking skills. Encourage your student to write as frequently as possible about a wide range of topics; then, have them read their work to you. Writing doesn’t need to be perfect and free of errors to be of value to language development. However, final drafts should be as error free as possible. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions.

Students will use five kinds of writing based on the Collins Writing Program:

Type One – Capture Ideas: quick writing used to get ideas down on paper

  • Not supposed to be a complete composition.
  • Used to generate ideas, express an opinion, make a prediction, or reflect an event.
  • Not evaluated for spelling or writing conventions.

Type Two – Respond Correctly: quick writing about a specific topic, typically in response to something being learned in class.

  • Evaluated for content, not conventions.
  • Contributes to the student’s writing fluency skills.

Type Three – Edit for FCAs and Type Four – Peer Edit for FCAs:

  • Uses a strategy called “focus correcting”, which allows students to work on improving a few skills at a time.
  • Assignments in this category will list FCAs (focus correction areas) with the assignment.
  • Only FCAs are evaluated

Type Five – Publish: Revised and edited to be free as possible of all types of errors; in other words, publishable quality.

  • Requires multiple drafts
  • Usually begins with Type 3 and 4
  • Can be difficult for young, developing writers because of the long process of editing and re-writing.