What Makes the Collins Writing Program Unique?
"Writing is Thinking on Paper"
The Collins Writing Program is designed to improve students' thinking and writing skills simultaneously. It is based on three essential principles:
Thinking and writing skills develop with frequent, meaningful practice.
Most students develop writing and thinking skills incrementally through a variety of informal and formal writing experiences.
Each of the Five Types of WritingSM serves a distinct instructional purpose that is easily adapted to student needs and differences between subject areas.
The program provides districts with a unified K−12 program that can be used in all classrooms and in all subject areas. It is not another add-on increasing teachers' workloads.
Instead, the Collins Writing Program offers teachers the Five Types of Writing assignments which develop students' essential writing and thinking skills in the context of their everyday classroom learning. The Five Types of Writing framework can be used strategically with all kinds of writing experiences whether they be:
- informal and routine, or more formal
- short or long
- research-based or experienced-based
- critical or creative
- informative, argumentative, or narrative