I resonated with your statements about the dry 5-paragraph essays that our students so often write and become bored with! I really like your ideas about using a quality vs. quantity approach and I think this would be way more effective in using one or two solid supporting details to construct the body paragraphs. Students would be able to easily come up with these details and expand on them for a more effective explanation and overall stronger essay. Often, students struggle to hit certain lengths in their essays, and by focusing on quality, students will write just as much as the essay with more paragraphs because they are expanding on their points! As a secondary English teacher, I was wondering what you specifically stressed in terms of writing skills and strategies when teaching in this format? Did you focus on adding details to the writing, or using quotes to back up the student’s arguments? What type of outlining guidelines or suggestions would you recommend for secondary level students?
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