Teachers at Work
A column about teaching
November 10, 2010By Michele Dunaway
(Read part one of "The Nitty-Gritty Essay" here.)I'm not sure what the deal is, but people have a fixation with five-paragraph essays. It's as if five is some magical number that a good essay must have. However, that couldn't be further from the truth. Some essays simply aren't worth five paragraphs, and can suffice with three or even four paragraphs. Some need ten or more. For those writers who struggle with composition, it's what's in the paragraphs that counts, and how long the paragraphs are. Continue reading...