Sick of teaching the five paragraph essay? And are your students sick of it, too?
This article shows the three basic structures of school essays -- 5 paragraph, Modes, and Sophisticated Essay -- and shows how each is constructed. You can recommend them to use any of the three, including 5 paragraph, but it's essential they know that 5 paragraph is not the only model out there.
More students have praised this worksheet than any other I've ever created. I even had students email me years later to ask for another copy of it.
At the end, I offer rhetorical strategies for paragraphs, which are designed to help students generate ideas for things to write about.
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