OKAY…So as you can clearly see I tried to follow Schaffer visual digram of the formula she provided but I stopped because my blog wasn’t going to be as entertaining to write.
In class, we discussed each other’s experiences and thoughts of the 5 body paragraph format. Due to this, I went back to search for some papers/writings I had submitted my senior year of high school. Since, most were saying that they felt like the formula was shoved down their throats, I wanted to freshen up my memory. In my findings, there were papers that I had submitted following a similar format as Schaffer. Which I cannot lie… I was surprised. I mean it has been awhile since high school and I had forgotten that I too was doing the 4 body paragraph stuff. On the other hand, some of my assignments differed completely from that structure. In this class(AP Lit), we went through readings really quick therefore, assignments were due twice a week. In class, I mentioned that I didn’t recall this format being shoved down my throat. Instead, I remembered my teacher giving us options to choose from. I am not sure why i didn’t remember writing the four body paragraph but it was probably because I was utilizing the format but not as often as others. There was an assignment in particular that made me think about one of the quotes that stood out to me from reading Wiley.
The important long-term benefit for students is that they develop multiple strategies so that they indeed have choices( Wiley 67).
In this particular assignment, we were asked to do a book analysis. Now, our teacher would give us options on how to turn in this assignment. 1. We turn it in as questions with answers(a-e options) regarding things such as, setting, tone, figurative language, etc. 2. Submit it has a four body paragraph format or 3. Identify a following list of words in the reading(he would provide) and give examples and they should be about a paragraph each. I ended submitting the assignment as number 3 because I found myself able to express myself the best using that strategy. In our discussion, we mentioned that the 5 body paragraph should not be a format that students get attached to but rather a platform for them to start with. I do recall having that format in hand but it wasn’t the only thing I would think about when it came to english and writing.Taking AP Literature my senior year, really opened my options in writing. My teacher exposed us to different forms of writing strategies throughout the year. This is why the quote really stood out to me. It should not be a formula that students feel they should follow but rather an option from them to choose from.