But Alex’s professor doesn’t like it. She underlines the very first two sentences, and she writes, “This is just too general. Get to the true point.” She underlines the next and sentences that are fourth and she writes, “You’re just restating the question I asked. What’s your point?” She underlines the sentence that is final after which writes in the margin, “What’s your thesis?” because the past sentence in the paragraph only lists topics. It doesn’t make a disagreement.
Is Alex’s professor just a grouch? Well, no—she is wanting to instruct this student that college writing isn’t about following a formula (the five-paragraph model), it’s about making an argument. Her first sentence is general, the way in which she learned a five-paragraph essay should start. Read More