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Moving Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay: Expand the Possibilities of the Genres You Teach

Are students constrained when they write five-paragraph essays? If we change our working definition of essay writing, then we can teach beyond the five-paragraph essays we often see in schools.

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Yesterday I was asked to expand "patches of thought" Essentially, patches of thought are little pieces of paper (could be index cards) on which students write mini-stories, lists, or other items that support a particular paragraph in an essay. It's essentially the evidence that one feels will support a topic sentence within their essay (and… Continue reading Just What Are PATCHES OF THOUGHT?