Just as poetry relies heavily on rhythm, so too does argument. Written language has its origins in the oral language.
Think of the great orators and demagogues and their use of repetition.
Navigating the rocky bluffs of syntax and idiomatic expressions isn’t easy at the best of times!
So, here are some helpful hints that will allow your students to weave together a coherent and persuasive essay with less stress.
Each point made, explained and supported by evidence is a step toward what the writing teacher Roy Peter Clark calls closing the circle of meaning.
In planning for the conclusion of the essay, the students should take the opportunity to reaffirm their position.
Often ideas or connections do not occur until the writing process has begun. Essay writing is a creative act, so they can have more ideas along the way and work them in. Students who have done their homework on their subject will be much more confident and articulate in expressing their arguments.
Even with thorough planning and research, writing oneself into a linguistic cul-de-sac is a common error.
The 5-paragraph essay, or “hamburger” essay, provides that clear structure for emergent ESL writers.
Generally, this structure employs five separate paragraphs for the entire essay.