I learned the five-paragraph essay back in school (I graduated from high school 15 years ago) and it didn’t do me any harm. Perhaps it restricted my creativity somewhat, but I used it to my advantage: how can I prove my point and make my paper engaging by only using five paragraphs? I must not have been a terrible writer because I was also in AP English classes, where I was able to write more creatively and didn’t always have to follow the five-paragraph rule. However, with that basic knowledge and understanding, I was able to strengthen my writing skills and incorporate other styles and approaches, while maintaining a cohesive and organized paper.
Hey Ray, the five paragraph structure teaches you to use evidence to back up your arguments. Something you fail to do in your essay.
You make a bunch of specious claims and then never support them.
Instead we get a rambly mess of an argument that doesn't really go anywhere. The biggest bone I have to pick with you is the old saw you repeat that I keep hearing from curriculum faddists- that this structure is never used in "real life."
This is a bogus argument due to the fact that we do not teach all writing forms to be just used in the work place (this is what you mean by real life- right?) There is a value in learning a writing technique that is used to train good mental habits- such as supporting information with evidence.
Mostly I hate this real life argument because we do use it out side of school. I used to write for newspapers and magazines and used it (in a mutated form) all of the time. Turn to any newspaper page of any good newspaper and you will see an article written with an introduction/ a body/ and conclusion. This method is used in debates and in writing college acceptance essays to name a few formats.
To put down the five paragraph work horse is a fad. Don’t eliminate it, just add it to your arsenal of writing. Students need to know how to structure thoughts and this is one very useful method.
One last point, not teaching this to students sets kids up for failure in college, where - like it or not- they are expected to know this formula.
My Personal Learning Style Learning has been going on since the beginning of human kind and is still going on in today’s world. While in the beginning they did not study how they learned they still accomplished many things. Now we study how we learn so that we can hopefully learn more efficiently to accomplish things beyond our wildest dreams. Today I took to learning style quizzes in hopes of learning more about my personal learning styles so that I may improve myself. Today in this essay we will explore learning styles that equate with a preferred bodily sense through which one receives information.
Learning is the act of acquiring knowledge through experience and making reference to things around you. This raises the issue of the difference ways or styles people learn. In this essay I intent to explain the different types of learning styles and also breakdown into detail the acquiring of knowledge with reference to Honey and Mumford study theory (1986) who developed the work of David Kolb (1984), which consist of the four learning cycle: Concrete experience, Application of ideas, Abstract concept & generation and Reflective observation.
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1) The five paragraph essay is a real life technique. See evidence above. And even if it is not, we teach plenty of methods that are not strictly used in the “real world”. When was the last time you used a Haiku in “real life?” Or a Concrete Poem? But these are great things to teach and learn.