Date of publication: 2017-09-05 18:50
I know. I know. I'm hearing, "But how are students going to learn organization without learning the five-paragraph essay?" My response: they're not learning an organizational pattern that will help them succeed outside of your own classroom.
The five-paragraph essay does not develop logic or the understanding that writing is about entering a larger conversation. It promotes an isolated, one-sided view.
Bob was having none of that. How could we run two stories on a country that had lived under the systematic repression of thought and expression for decades, and not mention it? I grumbled and fought the summer heat was approaching, I had no sources, a rumor was going about that everyone&rsquo s go-to human rights victim was now suspect, and, ultimately, I hated the very idea. Not knowing of Bob&rsquo s ties to that institution, I said the whole thing sounded like something worthy of the Council on Foreign Relations.
I teach them to overwrite, expecially in the beginning. They ask me how much more. My response is always the same: "Until my eyes bleed and I beg God to make you stop."
Why? Because my students tend to hide what I call their "gems" well into their writing. When I find the "gem" I show them how this small piece of what they've written is what's going to turn a hum-drum essay into something that stands above the crowd.
The clergy had concurred with the king’s arbitrary designs and, in return, were allowed to persecute their adversaries, whom they called heretics and schismatics. The established clergy were episcopal the non-conformists presbyterian: So that all things concurred to throw the former, without reserve, into the king’s party and the latter into that of the parliament.
My personal opinion: worry less about the format and more about the finished product. There are many ways to skin a to write an interesting and effective essay, for that matter.
Having, therefore, intended in this essay to make a full comparison of civil liberty and absolute government, and to show the great advantages of the former above the latter I began to entertain a suspicion, that no man in this age was sufficiently qualified for such an undertaking and that whatever any one should advance on that head would, in all probability, be refuted by further experience, and be rejected by posterity. Such mighty revolutions have happened in human affairs, and so many events have arisen contrary to the expectation of the ancients, that they are sufficient to beget the suspicion of still further changes.
I guess we will have to agree to diasgree about the 5-paragraph essay format for CPS students. However, I can see where teachers who only have one or two decades of experience may not have developed the skill set necessary to see the value in or to deal effectively with a variety of formats. As a starting point, the F-PF works as well for my students as any other format. It's what they do later that makes the difference.
Here then is the chief triumph of art and philosophy: It insensibly refines the temper, and it points out to us those dispositions which we should endeavour to attain, by a constant bent of mind, and by repeated habit. Beyond this I cannot acknowledge it to have great influence and I must entertain doubts concerning all those exhortations and consolations, which are in such vogue among speculative reasoners.
Effective cover letters aren't written in five-paragraph essays. We don't expect a news article to follow a five-paragraph format. Quite simply, there aren't always three reasons to prove our point.
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