Question: What is a good method for teaching the writing of exposition?
Answer: “Hypothesized that a method of writing instruction that employs expository organizational models to be imitated by students is more effective in improving expository writing organization than conventional classroom instruction. Results indicated a significant improvement for students in the experimental group and a significant decline for students in the control group.” JR Andreach. 1976. P. 288.
Comment: Well, I don’t know what conventional methods of teaching expository writing means. I do know that using models of expository organization is a good method for teaching the method of organizing expository writing. I’ve always included models of expository writing in my instruction. Very effective. And most effective is the use of the five-paragraph essay, which has recently (2000 and later) come under censure. What better way to demonstrate the idea of introduction, thesis sentence, paragraphs with topic sentences and summary final paragraph? The criticism is, of course, that students sacrifice form for content or ideas. Don’t confuse the model with a genre. RayS.
Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English, January 1, 1976 to June 30, 1976.” Daniel J. Dieterich. Research in the Teaching of English (Winter 1976), 278-293.