The Five-Paragraph Paper -- Yes or No?

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  1. Brendan

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    Of course I show them how organize their papers. However, If I only have 2 points in my thesis, I could have 4 paragraphs in total: 2 paragraphs on each.
     
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    Distinguishing between paragraph and Paragraph could help them understand the deeper point, though.
     
  3. Brendan

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    We call Paragraphs, "blocks" at my school.
     
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    Okay, so phrase it in terms of blocks.
     
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    My school is so into 1-3-1 essays (especially while the kids are getting ready for the state tests) that the principal has multiple tee shirts he wears with the format instructions. He's also written a song about it to the tune of "Jingle Bells." The kids can't escape it.
     
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    It is as bad as I thought ....
     
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    Oy. I did make clear, did I not, that I believe The Five-Paragraph Essay is a useful tool among many rather than the be-all and end-all of writing?
     
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    That's why I prefer to offer creative alternatives to the formal essay.
     

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