It is a composition that is written with — you guessed it — five paragraphs: an introduction which states a thesis, then three supporting paragraphs, then a conclusion.
It is a composition that is written with — you guessed it — five paragraphs: an introduction which states a thesis, then three supporting paragraphs, then a conclusion.So a five-paragraph essay is a persuasive essay, because the writer states an opinion about something and then proceeds to back it up.
Currently (in October) the students are working on finding attention-grabbing opening sentences.
They will also gradually add other various literary devices such as parallelism and alliteration, among others.
While LTW is not the easiest curriculum to use (and you know I prefer that they require little prep or effort to understand — can’t claim that about this one), I have to say that so far it seems to be a very effective means to teach the five-paragraph essay. Seriously, there is another BIG HELP we have found for writing a five-paragraph essay (and big brother is using this, too, for his own homeschool writing) — and that is Write Well, an online writing app.
Which means that by the time #5 has reached the age to take those nasty tests, she’ll have been writing these essays for several years. Write Well provides an online blank paper for your child to write on.
And I have to say that I am very impressed with how they do this.
First, LTW uses quality, engaging literature as the basis for the content of the essays the students will write.
Which further means that she’ll totally blow her sisters’ scores out of the water! But it’s more than that; Write Well has templates for doing all kinds of writing — including our beloved five-paragraph essay!
The student can work in any order as they organize their thoughts.
Do I agree that it seems silly that the scorers can’t judge any other type of writing? Do I understand the myriad problems with relying on test scores for deciding a student’s adequacy for college entrance? I am not here to debate all that stuff today but just to face reality. Most colleges still require these tests, and if you want scholarship money for your genius, you will want him or her to do well on them.
And although I hate this word and I try to avoid it as often as possible, I have to say that it’s a little more (ouch! Because you know that I am “too lazy for complicated! Within the essay the student must learn how to execute each paragraph with specific elements and literary techniques.