Marlyn graduated cum laude with a . in Political Science from Fordham University and a Masters in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. She serves on the steering committee of the New York City Youth Funders Group and has served on the Grantmakers for Education Out-of-School Time Funder’s Network and on the board of Philanthropy New York. In 2016, Marlyn was awarded the Pioneer Award for Outstanding Contributions to K-12 Education by City & State Reports. Marlyn lives in New York City with her husband René Santiago and their two daughters.
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?