Title

Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts: Moving Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay

Date

5-26-2016 6:00 PM

End Time

26-5-2016 7:00 PM

Location

ED 217

Department

Teacher Education

Session Chair

Alicia Wenzel

Session Chair

Melanie Landon-Hayes

Session Title

Teacher Education Presentations

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Heitho Reuter

Abstract

This action research project examines the teaching of the five-paragraph essay in English Language Arts classrooms and alternatives to teaching writing through use of mentor texts. This project examines the origins of the five-paragraph essay; why the five-paragraph essay is taught in many classrooms today; why the five-paragraph essay is inauthentic; and explores alternatives to teaching writing. The alternative method explored in this project is the mentor-text approach. Students become apprentices as the teacher helps them study features of the target genre they are being asked to write in using well-written, real-world examples of writing, referred to as mentor texts.

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May 26th, 6:00 PM May 26th, 7:00 PM

Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts: Moving Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay

ED 217

This action research project examines the teaching of the five-paragraph essay in English Language Arts classrooms and alternatives to teaching writing through use of mentor texts. This project examines the origins of the five-paragraph essay; why the five-paragraph essay is taught in many classrooms today; why the five-paragraph essay is inauthentic; and explores alternatives to teaching writing. The alternative method explored in this project is the mentor-text approach. Students become apprentices as the teacher helps them study features of the target genre they are being asked to write in using well-written, real-world examples of writing, referred to as mentor texts.