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Beyond the Five Paragraph Essay Paperback – May 28, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1571108524 ISBN-10: 1571108521 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers; 1st edition (May 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571108521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571108524
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Teachers discouraged by the lack of original thought and creativity in student writing will value Campbell and Latimer’s insightful book for providing a process, plan and alternative writing formats that breathe life back into student writing." - MiddleWeb


"It provides keys to producing creative writing outside the formula box, and is a fine primer for any educator's collection." - Midwest Book Review


"They offer strategies and suggestions for facilitating thoughtful reading, creative writing, and critical thinking.” - Book News

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I think that this idea is great but it also intimidates me.
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The strategies included, especially in the user-friendly appendices, can be modified to work in any 6-12 Language Arts classroom.
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I am looking forward to starting the new school year with this book at my right hand.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EnglishTeacher on July 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is an incredible resource for all teachers hoping to have students respond to literature in meaningful ways. The strategies included, especially in the user-friendly appendices, can be modified to work in any 6-12 Language Arts classroom. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike on February 1, 2013
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Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay is divided up into seven chapters, as well as having 60 pages in the appendix that give examples lessons, provide graphic organizers and outline processes for various learning strategies. These chapters are Combating Formulaic Writing (1), Establishing a Routine of Thoughtful Reading and Writing (2), Reading like a Writer (3), Writing and Discussion in Support of Thinking (4), Writing to Explore (5), Writing as an Authority (6), and Writing with Mentors (7). Now, the writers never explicitly tell the reader how essay writing should be taught; instead, through the sequence of the chapters, the writers model the teaching strategies that are necessary to equip the students with the skills they would need to construct a well thought essay.
I did not know that there was a resistance to the 5-paragraph form, let alone an entire book about it! The book is very concerned with student engagement, as well as guiding students towards an appreciation of literature. The chapters instruct the reader on designing lesson plans that will lead students to forming their own arguments about the text. This book inspired me and I plan on revisiting this text again and again through out my teaching career. The only reason that I did not give the book a 5 is because there was not a section of the book dedicated to essay prompts. Indeed, there are countless examples of essay topics and different styles of essays, but it seems to me that the authors believe that as students read they should come up with a question about the text and then try to answer this problem in an essay. I think that this idea is great but it also intimidates me. Will every student be able to do this? Does that mean I'll have 70 - 100 different essay topics? It will definitely make the grading more interesting!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Sue Witmer on August 22, 2014
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I was hoping for a book that would actually help me teach students to break out of the stifling effects of the 5 paragraph essay...this book fell far short of this. Instead it was written only for writing about literature and included graphic organizer ideas that are being taught regardless of use of 5 paragraph essay. Book fell far short of expectations.
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By lynettemiller on June 28, 2014
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I have taught for thirty years and these women are so correct. The five paragraph essay should never have become the "formula" for teaching writing. It is right up there with all concluding sentences starting with "In conclusion..". So sad. I am looking forward to starting the new school year with this book at my right hand.
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