April 19th, 2012
Love it or hate it, the five-paragraph essay is perhaps the most frequently taught method of writing in secondary classrooms. But have you ever actually seen five-paragraph essays outside of school walls? Have you ever found them in business writing, journalism, nonfiction, or any other genres that exist in the real world? And is the practice supported by research?
In Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay, Kimberly Hill Campbell and Kristi Latimer show you how to reclaim the literary essay and encourage thoughtful writing in response to literature. They debunk common myths and provide numerous strategies that stimulate student thinking, value unique insight, and evoke lively writing, including:
- close reading—the foundation for writing about literature;
- writing that gets students to think deeply as they read;
- leveraging the power of collaboration to enhance discussion, debate, and writing;
- developing students as literature authorities, capable of taking a stand and defending it; and
- using model texts—asking students to step into the structure and voice of an author’s work and try it on.
Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay will help you engage students and convince them that their writing can convey something important: a unique view to share, defend, prove, delight, discover, and inspire. The book starts shipping in May, and you can access the full-text online preview now!
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