May 2012 Archives

http://www.chicagonow.com/white-rhino/2012/05/if-you-teach-or-write-5-paragraph-essays-stop-it/

Ray Salazar at The White Rhino gives a nice introduction to why teaching the five-paragraph essay undermines the rhetorical principles it is intended to help teach to beginning writers. I have long thought that there seems to be no reason we can't just teach the rhetoric to young writers: the traditional five-paragraph structure becomes for too many writers the formula for the essay instead of one instantiation of a more general pattern of argumentation.

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