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In a recent survey, 82 percent of teens report that their typical school writing assignment is a paragraph to one page in length.
This evidence is consistent with education researchers Arthur Applebee’s and Judith A.
The National Commission on Writing for America’s Families, Schools, and Colleges, a project to help improve the teaching of writing, argues that writing is the “neglected R” in education.
That same report notes that little time is spent on writing instruction – at best less than three hours a week.
For years, the formula for success on high-stakes writing assessments has been to craft a five-paragraph structure: thesis paragraph, three supporting paragraphs and a concluding paragraph.
Within that structure, students are more or less free to say anything, and the more creative and engaging that “anything” is, the better.