You present a persuasive argument for the abandonment of the 5-paragraph essay and suggest a new format for presenting an argument... However, you did not provide much information on what is expected to go in between your introduction and conclusion? You suggested this format opens the essay to compare/contrast, cause/effect, analysis, etc... but how do you suggest students structure an essay with these approaches in practice? Any piece of writing needs some structure and main ideas that are then supported with various pieces of evidence (whether you are writing a historical thesis or a persuasive essay)... If you are abandoning a "main idea followed by supporting evidence" format, what do you propose should take its place? Or perhaps my understanding of the 5-paragraph essay you are speaking of is incorrect?
There was once a famous book called “The Jacksonian Persuasion.” Well, there is a Williamsonian persuasion too: a set of inclinations, a certain experience, a cast of mind. I have recorded a Q&A with Kevin, here . We talk about recent and horrific events in Houston (where Kevin lived for some time). We talk about Kevin’s upbringing in West Texas. Was he born with a silver spoon in his mouth? Hardly. What about charges of elitism and all the rest? We talk about controversies he has been involved in (“white genocide”). And about Trump. And about capitalism. And about immigration. Toward the end, we get into such subjects as writers and composers.
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