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When was the last time you wrote a 5 paragraph essay?

This podcast from Modern Learners talks about how writing instruction in school is totally wrong.

When was the last time you wrote a 5 paragraph essay?

Where did the 5 paragraph essay even come from?

This article proposes an origin story, but I'm not paying $42.50 to learn where something came from that is only applicable in academia!

When writing, we write for a purpose. The only time I have ever used a 5 paragraph essay was when I needed to write a 5 paragraph essay.

Every other time I write, I choose a format that meets my needs as the writer.

When I taught, I looked for current examples of the 5 paragraph essay, and I couldn't find them.

Believe me, I found examples of writers introducing a topic, giving 2-3 reasons why, and providing a conclusion on their topic, but I didn't ever find anything that actually fit with what I was teaching.

In fact, the way I was told to teach it was so formulaic that I just couldn't handle teaching it more than one time! That's when I decided to flip my classroom before it was called flipping your classroom!

Instead of teaching students to write an academic-only style of writing, we should teach them to communicate ideas, convince readers of their beliefs, and compel people to action.