Mar 06, 2018 The real problem for writing instructors is that the vast majority of students dont read much of the kind of writing that we teach in composition courses the broad genre of the academic essay. That genre ranges from introlevel essays for composition courses on up to complicated scholarly essays written by professors. Some writers argued for the fiveparagraph essay or other formulaic models, on the grounds that clear expectations at least give underprepared students something to work with.
Others advocated replacing the essay with more realworld forms that would force students to think in fresh ways. The fiveparagraph theme, as such, is bland and formulaic; it doesnt compel deep thinking.
Your college professors are looking for a more ambitious and arguable thesis, a nuanced and compelling argument, and reallife evidence for all key points, all in an organically structured paper.
Formulas and Definitions for the FiveParagraph Essay The fiveparagraph essay is formulaic writing that helps inexperienced writers express their ideas with a clear, undeviated focus and a logical organization with relevant details. Here is another reason to offer students writing structures, hints, and formulas: Writing is hard work, cognitively speaking. It is a task that requires layers of multitasking thought ideas, grammar, spelling, punctuation, transitions, order, The Popularity of Formulaic Writing (and Why We Need to Resist) fixes for students writing problems.
I think, however, to rehash diatribes against the fiveparagraph essay. In fact, I do not believe formulaic writing is the actual villain in this classroom drama.
Rather it is the Formulaic Writing Posted on February 4, 2012 by SL We can no longer rely on a quick fix to teach student writing any more than we can use the excuse that we are poorly trained to keep us from teaching it.