“The kids see after awhile they’re (WASL tests) all alike,” Chapin added. “Once they’ve learned the form, they just have to sit down, get organized and do it.”As one of our in-house rhetoricians would say: WTF?
Next door in Andrews’ class, students were learning how to construct a five-paragraph essay while listening to a lively lecture on how this writing formula is used by professionals in the working world.
“Having a small class aimed at helping these kids is absolutely necessary,” Andrews said.
“It’s easier to focus in a smaller class because there’s no distractions, you can get the information easier,” said Chase Connolly, a junior.
I mean, the five-paragraph essay "helps" students produce more words in timed writing situations, it "helps" students write easily gradable stuff, and in a few ways it encompasses evidence-based argumentation—but never before today have I encountered the claim, in print, that the five-paragraph essay is a "writing formula ... used by professionals in the working world."
Now, why isn't that "lively lecture" on YouTube? (For "lively lectures" that are on YouTube, click here.)
In other possibly more important news, viewers from around Sneezopolis have been writing in to say that they liked the cough-and-sneeze-into-your-sleeve video; at least a few have taken vows to adopt new coughing and sneezing techniques. Who says a simple quicktime movie can't change the world? To unbury the video a bit, I'll post it again in a click-on format: