Managing Writing (And Type 1, Type 2 Examples)

Managing writing is a technique used to help categorize writing assignments into levels of expected information and style.  By defining and narrowing just what is required within a writing lesson, students would ideally feel better directed and more prepared to do them.  It can also be used to help emphasis one particular aspect of writing based on class needs.  There are a few different categories within this:

Type 1: Think Write:

Think write is a short writing assignment (no more than a few minutes and a few sentences) that requires students to draw upon previously knowledge to quickly brainstorm the topic at hand.  Without a predetermined right or wrong way to go about it, it helps students form a solid idea around the current topic as well as serve as a pre-assessment to help the teacher establish levels of previous knowledge within the classroom.

Type 2: Write Right:

Write rights are short writing assignments that, unlike think writes, focus on a student’s specific knowledge of the current subject.  It does not focus on the mechanics of the writing, but rather the accuracy of the content.  It can serve in the place of quizzes, helping teacher assess levels of student learning in the middle of a unit.

Type 3: Mark Write:

This type of writing assignments is much less free form that the previous ones.  The teacher sets out specific standards and points of focus that the student is expected to meet within this type of writing.  The usage of this assignment requires planning on the part of the teacher because its success or failure depends on the clarity of the points of focus given.

Type 4: Mark Two Write:

Mark writes can be considered the first draft, making this the second draft.  In addition to all the components of mark writes, mark two write includes peer reviews, helping students become more aware of potential problem areas.

Type 5: Publish Write:

The final draft, students focus on refining their written piece.  This assignment is judged both on its ability to meet the standards and points of focus given by the content teacher as well as rules of English language literacy.

Some examples of Type 1 and Type 2 writing within the area of social studies are as follows.

Type 1:

–          What biases can you spot within this article?

–          How did the way of life of people in this unit differ from ours today?

–          What would you do if you were placed in that time period?

Type 2:

–          Describe the differences between primary and secondary sources.

–          What are the components of propaganda?

–          Name two progressive era reformers and the issues they tackled.

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