Lord of the Flies Paragraph or Paper MELCon/MEECon Template

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You might be looking for a Lord of the Flies by William Golding assignment or a good MELCon template. Or maybe you're trying to figure out if a template makes sense for writing. You don't have to look any further. Download the preview and see what a first-semester regular (not advanced) freshman produced for me using the template. The preview is ONE PARAGRAPH, and it turned out better than some of my Senior Lit papers from when I taught the same book to them.

First off, I wanted to clear the air about a pet peeve: a MELCon template should be called a PARAGRAPH template.That's what it is. About half of the ELA teachers in my district and ALL of the other department teachers assigned MELCon essays. An essay has an introduction and conclusion. You CAN turn this template into a seven-paragraph essay if you want. You will get better papers than you've ever seen, but some students give up, too, so you have to be willing to stick with it. (It should also be called a MEECon because the "Link" word is confusing.)

This download provides FIVE options for a template paragraph with 16 steps to a perfect paragraph. If you want to make it into a paper, just copy and paste the assignment four more times and have the students add an intro and conclusion.

Or try this social experiment: tell one class to write a paragraph about the sample thesis I give you and give the another class this assignment. Then exchange paragraphs between classes. Or show them to the rest of your department. In fact, have your AP or honors class write the paragraphs without the template. You will see why schools that use templates teach kids to write successful papers, if used properly. The goal was for my students to use these templates 9th, 10th, and 11th grade, and then by senior year they'd be on their own.

If you already use a template system, this one might not be any better, but it gives you another option, and it still gives you the thesis and topics to create a killer Lord of the Flies paper. Double plus, it can be filled out in the Word Doc you see here or as a Google Doc that your students can put in their folders.

If you homeschool, you absolutely have to get in on this template-style writing. Your kids will transition to college and be working in the writing center tutoring kids trying to turn in 5-paragraph essays from 1987.

For the all-out paper template, see this one.
For satire that's more fun to read than a book about murderous juveniles (but just as condemning of societal ills), read this book.
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Lord of the Flies Paragraph or Paper MELCon/MEECon Template
Lord of the Flies Paragraph or Paper MELCon/MEECon Template
Lord of the Flies Paragraph or Paper MELCon/MEECon Template
Lord of the Flies Paragraph or Paper MELCon/MEECon Template