The Importance of Supporting Your Claims with Evidence

When writing an essay it's not enough to simply make claims; you need to support your claims with evidence.  Supporting evidence can take many forms, but it often comes in the form of embedded quotations.  English courses typically rely on MLA standards when using quotations in papers.  While many students are aware that they need … Continue reading The Importance of Supporting Your Claims with Evidence

The Problem with Five Paragraph Essays: Understanding they do Not Exist in the Wild

The Five Paragraph Essay is an artificial construct that does not exist in the wild.  No one will ask you to write a five paragraph essay outside of high school.  No author sits around writing five paragraph essays.  It doesn't matter if you call them hamburger essays, or nacho essays.  The five paragraph essay does … Continue reading The Problem with Five Paragraph Essays: Understanding they do Not Exist in the Wild

Teaching How to Write a Five Paragraph Essay

Having already taught your students how to write a FIVE SENTENCE COMPARISON PARAGRAPH you have the base materials required to construct a Five Paragraph Essay Outline. While the Five Paragraph Essay is far from the best form for students to express their ideas, the organizational skills learned while writing a five paragraph essay will built the … Continue reading Teaching How to Write a Five Paragraph Essay

Identifying and Avoiding Common Essay Problems

The first thing students need to know, as you teach them essay writing skills, is what mistakes they're most likely to make.  Only after being explicitly taught common essay writing problems will they be able to identify and avoid them.  This three-part lesson plan will guide you through the process of getting students writing, teaching … Continue reading Identifying and Avoiding Common Essay Problems

Common Essay Problems – Formal Writing

Formal essays, and short writing pieces can often leave students grasping to understand why their assessment doesn't match their expectations.  This is because there are a number of common mistakes that students make.  In a number of cases, this isn't even their fault as, often, they aren't even taught to look for them. Here are FIVE common … Continue reading Common Essay Problems – Formal Writing