One of the most difficult aspects of preparing ESL students for college is getting them up to speed with citations and plagiarism. They’re still learning the language, but they must also learn how to correctly cite sources that they use, a skill that many of their native-speaking peers are still trying to master.
Love it or hate it, the five paragraph essay is a core part of writing curriculum in the United States. There are many arguments against it, but for most teachers and students, it’s here to stay. And while some people like to grumble about it, there are some solid benefits to writing in this style for both students and teachers.
So here’s my thesis statement: there are four reasons why teachers should teach the five paragraph essays, and one reason why they shouldn’t.
Not repulsed yet? Read on.