I just got a great new book for writing that I love. But...Right from the begining it says that 3rd grade should be writing 5 paragaph essays. I taught in a city school for 4 years and had to pull teeth to get 3 paragraphs out of them by the end of the year. I'm now teaching in another school. SHould I expect 5 paragraphs out of third graders?! What are your third graders writing?