Another anti-5-paragraph essay screed

I thoroughly enjoyed Ray Salazar’s blog post featured in today’s NCTE In-Box, “If you teach or write 5-paragraph essays … stop it!” on the Chicago Now blog. Ray is a public school teacher in the great city of Chicago, and he knows his stuff!

It’s bad writing.  It’s always been bad writing.

I couldn’t agree more.

Author: Nigel Caplan

Nigel Caplan, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the University of Delaware English Language Institution, as well as a textbook author, consultant, and speaker. Nigel holds a PhD from the University of Delaware, a master's in TESOL from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor's degree from Cambridge University. He is currently director of Project DELITE, a federal grant providing ESL certification to Delaware teachers. He also brews beer.

5 thoughts on “Another anti-5-paragraph essay screed”

  1. Thank you. I teach high school and college writing courses and I keep telling everyone that the five-paragraph essay is damaging and not real life writing. Even though I have an MFA in Writing, many simply find my argument hard to swallow. I would love to have more information (more like this blog post) that proves this belief and practice in the craft of teaching writing.

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