Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay

ISBN-10: 1571108521
ISBN-13: 9781571108524
Edition: 2012
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 5/10/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Love it or hate it, the five-paragraph essay is perhaps the most frequently taught form of writing in classrooms of yesterday and today. But have you ever actually seen five-paragraph essays outside of school walls? Have you ever found it in business writing, journalism, nonfiction, or any other genres that exist in the real world? Kimberly Hill Campbell and Kristi Latimer reviewed the research on the effectiveness of the form as a teaching tool and discovered that the research does not support the five-paragraph formula. In fact, research shows that the formula restricts creativity, emphasizes structure rather than content, does not improve standardized test scores, inadequately prepares students for college writing, and results in vapid writing. InBeyond the Five-Paragraph Essay, Kimberly and Kristi show you how to reclaim the literary essay and create a program that encourages thoughtful writing in response to literature. They provide numerous strategies that stimulate student thinking, value unique insight, and encourage lively, personal writing, including the following:Close reading (which is the basis for writing about literature)Low-stakes writing options that support students' thinking as they readCollaboration in support of discussion, debate, and organizational structures that support writing as explorationA focus on students' writing process as foundational to content development and structureThe use of model texts to write in the form of the literature students are reading and analyzingThe goal of reading and writing about literature is to push and challenge our students' thinking. We want students to know that their writing can convey something important: a unique view to share, defend, prove, delight, discover, and inspire. If we want our students to be more engaged, skilled writers, we need to move beyond the five-paragraph essay.

Acknowledgments
Combating Formulaic Writing
Establishing a Routine of Thoughtful Reading and Writing
Reading Like a Writer
Writing and Discussion in Support of Thinking
Writing to Explore
Writing as an Authority
Writing with Mentors
Appendixes
Suggested Works
References
Index

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