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?
In this section we looked at the importance of summarising
information in academic writing. Summarising is useful for
demonstrating that you have fully understood the text that you have
read or heard, for condensing notes and for researching essays and
assignments. Good summarising involves ascertaining what the main ideas
of the text/audio are, and being able to maintain these ideas in a
shortened version. It also involves being able to nominalise verbs,
. turn them into nouns, use synonyms, split long sentences into
short sentences and to join short sentences together to form longer
If you would like further practice, try taking a look at Andy Gillet's website . Alternatively, try listening to a podcast or any audio file which has a transcript (for example the BBC's 'Talk about English' website , create a summary and then compare this summary to the original transcript.