The Five Paragraph Essay Is Awesome! Not!!!

    Wiley’s article demonstrates the irrelevancy of the five-paragraph essay and students are too comfortable and hesitant to change the formulaic writing that was taught to them in secondary education. Students often assume that all writing stems from this format, and continuously use the format throughout their academic careers. Last night, I assisted my sister with her writing assignment.… Read more →

5 P

I was failing freshman English. This was pretty weird for me since I never failed at anything. Also, I constantly read instead of doing things—like, really important assignments and future type goals. So why would I struggle with a class based on reading? Perhaps it’s because I have always hated asking for help, not matter the context. Even if there… Read more →

Formulaic Writing and What Creative Writers Do With It

If anyone recalls, I mentioned a creative nonfiction piece that detailed writing a five paragraph essay in the form of a five paragraph essay. Well, I may have misremembered the aforementioned piece. But only slightly. After much searching through the internet universe, I finally found the essay that I had remembered reading for one of Dr. Eggers’ creative writing courses.… Read more →

Interpretative Dance to Show Our Experiences with Writing? Challenge Accepted!

When we discussed Wiley’s “The Popularity of Formulaic Writing (and Why We Need to Resist)” in-class I was very interested in asking my group about their experiences with this horrid “5 paragraph essay” that I have discussed many times in classes but that I myself had never been taught.  I found out that most students who learn the 5 paragraph… Read more →

I Kinda Forgot…

Every day we have millions of thoughts and ideas in our head, and we go through many things in life, that we forget those thoughts and those ideas. Wednesday I had a great idea for this blog…that I totally forgot. Sad. But, I will try my best to make it an interesting vlog. Ha. The five paragraph…that damn burger. I… Read more →