Date of publication: 2017-07-09 02:18
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I have a question about a question from the 7568 paper (B, 6). It is a 75m question where it says compare two or more texts. I 8767 m finding it hard to interweave my third text with the other two. For a 75m question, is it a good idea to only focus on two? (The King 8767 s Speech and HMMTB are easy, The Great Gatsby is giving me the trouble.)
Don 8767 t let it get you down that mine is 8775 better 8776 I 8767 ve got a degree, a masters and 67 yrs teaching under my belt I 8767 d be a bit worried if mine wasn 8767 t pretty good at this stage in my life! Also, it took a good few minutes to write and lots of thinking time! The key is to have done your thinking about the ways in which the texts are similar and different (aim for deep comparisions not superficial ones) BEFORE you 8767 re sitting in the exam. If you 8767 ve put in the thinking time, you should be able to adapt what you 8767 ve got in your head to whatever question comes up.
The Common Core site also states that "these standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-67 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:
One of the worst outcomes of the 5 paragraph approach is that it pounds the voice out of the text, even for the better writers. All the essays sound alike, as if the teacher could shuffle them and assign them to random students.
We must approach writing as a generative process. The first sentence generates the second, which generates the third, in a logical chain. Teaching paragraphing should be delayed. It is easy to teach students to recognize paragraph breaks later on.
Any classroom teacher who has experimented with quick-writes will recognize the benefit of this approach and the authenticity of the voices heard in each text.
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I agree -- the most valuable writing I learned in college was the conciliatory essay. I think in our diverse, fragmented world, it's important for people to be able to show they understand opposing viewpoints, and then be able to persuade others to see their own. It's a valuable skill in any format from a brief conversation to comprehensive business proposals.
My personal opinion: worry less about the format and more about the finished product. There are many ways to skin a to write an interesting and effective essay, for that matter.
As you can see, your approach doesn't work for everyone, which is fine because we're all entitled to our own opinions, but don't attack the five-paragraph essay. A sound argument, whether it be an essay, article, or blog, would offer both sides and allow the reader to determine an arguable judgment. However, your article is one-sided that is very opinionated and includes false assumptions. Please practice what you preach.