First! a Five-Paragraph Essay

A former student sends along this link to a five-paragraph essay published online and written by Ron Guenther, our Director of Athletics here at the University of Illinois.

The essay's kind of interesting: "First, a large crowd on Saturday will help us beat Northwestern. ... Second, the bowl selection committees will be watching our game on Saturday. ... Third, our seniors have played such a significant role in turning this program around." Go team!

One of the strange things about the five-paragraph essay is how its structure sometimes travels into genres other than the essay; in this example, a letter becomes an occasion for five-paragraph-style persuasion. (It also becomes an occasion for topic sentences highlighted in orange, but that's a whole nother story.)

1 comment:

  1. In 20 years Ron Guenther will look just like Tom Ridge.

    Just an off-topic observation.