Date of publication: 2017-09-05 18:51
Hi! My name is Christina Garber. Originally born in California, I grew up in South Jersey. I met my husband, Matthew, at college in Grove City, and after graduation we got married and moved to Altoona, Pennsylvania. In 7557, we had our first baby, Daniella Grace. It was then that I first picked up a camera seriously… and I haven’t put it down since!
I'm adding this link to student essays that use Aristotle's form to help readers understand how they work. These were essays written by two of my students.
What strategies do I use? They vary according to the type of essay, etc. Here are a few. And I need to stress this point: these are strategies that work for me - others' mileage may vary. :)
George Guthridge has done a lot of work developing this method for use with student writing - based on Aristotle http:///books/about/Appropriating_?id=GmHWYgEACAAJ
I think you have answered your own question by example: a well-written, persuasive comment. I'd say that about the rest of the comments as well--thanks people!
Aristotle's form, however, is not a one-size-fits-all approach. This form doesn't work for science lab reports. For that, we should follow the example of the science tradition. Lab reports are not argumentative.
At this point, you can mostly rely on unofficial tests and quizzes that only deal with the topics that your class has already covered. Many of the sites listed above have large collections of questions for each unit of the course. Work on building a strong foundation of knowledge so that you’re prepared to answer more advanced analytical questions in the future.
So maybe you need to take another look at the Aristotelian method, and realize that teachers have many ways to teach writing that can be successful. I find it very interesting that in the end you feel you have to justify casting off the 5 paragraph method by bringing up the College Board's current counsel on the subject. Although you are quoting them as the authority on the subject, it has actually been my experience that they do not reject well written entrance essays based on numbers of paragraphs.
As a student with dyslexia and an auditory processing disorder the five paragraph essay gave me access. I needed a way to hold my thinking and organize my thoughts and the five paragraph essay framework was perfect. Today I teach it to every one of my students and truly believe I am doing them a service. I would be glad to teach additional frameworks in addition to the paragraph essay but I am unwilling to sacrifice it. For me it is an equity issue and I hold to a belief that all students deserve a chance.
This website is helpful for students. I will give CIE GCE O Level English Language Exam on May/June 7567. Please send me the some English essays to practise for my exam.
6. intro to summarize the situation or conflict
7. debatable argument (____ should be allowed to... ) The significance to the audience can be put on hold
8. evidence (This would be good because...)
9. counterargument (my parent or who ever is in charge is going to say we should not because...)
5. conclusion (If they give me a chance, these good things will happen... )