The Written Compass

Hosted ByDr. Shana Hartman

A podcast for inspiration, education, and activation of powerful new narratives in the world of business and life from heart-centered folks just like you.

Episode 54: The Problems with The 5 Paragraph Essay

In 2008, I co-authored an article in the English Journal called “The Five-Paragraph Essay and the Deficit Model of Education.” I have not let up since on my mission to eradicate this “form” of writing so often used in schools. In today’s episode I dive into:

  1. What the 5-paragraph essay is

  2. Why schools use it

  3. The issues with it and why it actually doesn’t help young writers

  4. How it may be impacting your book writing (or any writing) as an adult

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