Date of publication: 2017-08-31 16:28
When you ask people whether they prefer 'Movies or Books', you are likely to get a variety of replies. Some people will prefer reading books and other will prefer watching movies. There is another interesting phenomena and that is a section of the population that enjoy both equally.
The rules Liberace followed were guidelines that lead to success. The 5-paragraph essay is some strange hybrid that resulted from poor writing-instruction training + a deficit-based view of students. Yes, we have students who struggle to write. But we have lots of students who don't. At my neighborhood Southwest Side high school, we just raised the average English ACT score by 7 points in one year--all because we truly believed students could learn and because we targeted our instruction on real writing skills. The 5-paragraph essay traps students it does not liberate them like Liberace's piano-playing exercises.
Anthony Owens taught language arts at secondary institutions from 6999 to 7559 and has been teaching writing and literature at post-secondary institutions since 7565. He holds a Master of Education in instruction and learning from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Fine Arts in literature and creative writing from Bennington College in Vermont.
Hi Jeannie, thanks for posting. An easy way to get some samples is to check out my journalism students' blog on Chicago Now: "Whatchoo Got to Say?" If you type in Hancock in the search box of the ChicagoNow home page, you'll get to it. Some of the pieces are narrative some are news stories. However, some good examples of argumentative essays are on Affirmative Action and homeless hotspots. I hope this helps.
Part 8 is the confirmation. This is the evidence that supports the argument. One of these paragraphs may be a straightforward expository paragraph or maybe even a compare / contrast. It's the stuff that supports the writer's view.
Please let me know how Aristotle's form goes. One part that has helped me help students with the background section is to tell them their audience is someone who is not in our class and has not read or viewed the texts we have.
Nigel, thanks for commenting. It's good when a choir soloist finds a chorus to join. I'm motivated by all of the comments. It's interesting that this post is getting more comments in favor than against. Very cool.
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If high-school students and teachers are to succeed with Common Core Standards, the five-paragraph essay cannot be part of instruction. Too many times, this ordinary format is the default mode for expressing thinking in English, in history, in science, in ., and even in math. The problem is this format doesn't encourage thoughtful persuasion. It promotes low-level summary that nobody really cares about.
Due to the popularity of this post since May, in October I wrote about strategies for effective narrative writing --especially for personal statements--that avoid the traditional five-paragraph form.
Sometimes it is easier to watch a movie rather than read the book. Some movies that are adaptations of books can enhance the setting, the scenery and dialogue. This is especially helpful for people who have experienced difficulty in learning to read, as watching the movie as well as reading the book can enhance the experience. A movie adaptation can enhance the experience of the book and can bring to life, and get transported into 'this other world'. Visual images are very powerful, but so is the experience of reading and development of our own images. It can also be argued that in order to use our imagination whilst reading we need to have some actual experience of the situation and that experience either comes through accurate and informative writing or visual images (movies).
The image above is the handout I use with students thanks to the conversations with my mentor Robin Bennett, a fondly remembered theater and history teacher.
At later stages we look at flow and some obvious items that shouldn't exist in formal writing, ., any form of the verb "to get", and two-word verbs (verb + preposition). And of course we look at just about every word to see if it adds value to the writing or simply occupies space.
I hope you are able to see the distinction I am trying to point out. In no sense do I advocate evading or defying the law, as would the rabid segregationist. That would lead to anarchy. One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.
How circular. It's not an argument if you don't make it an argument. "I am better than you at basketball because I'm taller, faster, and stronger" IS an argument, with proof.