Firstly, I’m a teacher-librarian not an English teacher. I don’t pretend to be an expert in either craft. I’m commenting to support the thesis in Kimberly Hill Campbell’s article of Education Leadership ‘Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay’. Years of research indicate the model isn’t a wonderful writing aide. So why are we still fighting it’s implementation in 2014? Our school has mostly moved away from it in favour of other writing devices. As a librarian the outcome and eventual writing or production exercise does influence your course of action.
“The five-paragraph essay format often puts students’ thinking in a box. Ther’s a better way.”(Hill Campbell)
Many of colleagues have embraced a comprehensive inquiry model or PBL which starts with students generating big questions not simply completing a topic outline that fits 5 paragraphs or three boxes. It’s valuable to emphasize organizational skills but in 2014 its finding personal meaning…
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