Further, she adds her voice to the cry of many educators—that students need writing connections across the curriculum.
I did not always believe that the five-paragraph theme, as a standard, underprepared students for college.
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They point to high-calorie meals that can be quickly ordered and consumed.
Only later did she consider what had become a concern among educators: that overemphasis on the five-paragraph theme had locked students into thinking it was the only way to write.
Now convinced, Moss examines her belief that focusing on the five-paragraph essay underprepares students for college.While I personally felt disappointed with the teacher for "failing my son," who had "mastered" the skills tested by state standards in Texas and scored high enough on the college entrance exams to be exempted from the remedial English course, I believed my son's respect for and belief that his college English teacher could "teach him how to write" would result in a much higher level of success than he had experienced in high school. This past December, my son completed a master's thesis at the University of Houston.It was not until he was in graduate school, and I was working on a doctorate, that I heard a freshman English teacher at Stephen F.I did not make the connection when my own son failed freshman English at the local junior college in our East Texas city.I was pleased that he registered to repeat the course with the same teacher.The prompts on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) never referred to the "five-paragraph theme" as a standard.The students were not instructed by the test directions to write a "five-paragraph essay." I never once referred to the "five-paragraph theme" in my teaching.For the most part, language arts teachers were successful within this accountability system as demonstrated by test scores, yet the number of students, like my own son, who were not prepared for college writing raised a doubt about the focus on five-paragraph themes.We began with the best of intentions, focusing on the writing process—brainstorming, drafting, responding and revising, editing, and publishing.More...cranberry - First crane berry, so named because the plant grows on a stalk that looks like a crane's neck.More...spire - In Old English, it meant "stalk" or "stem." More...stalk - In a car, the flexible arm holding the mounting by which a seatbelt is secured.