I don't know if you know this text or not--but it is specifically aimed at basic writers. For that population, it has been a fairly effective book.
But yes--our rigidity follows us no matter how hard we try to change our students' minds. I agree with Susan Drain's response about how it is often the weakest students who cannot move beyond the 5 p. theme. Is it because they have no other lifeline for writing--writing that has been always formally judged as lacking? And they are therefore woefully appreciate of even this small way of trying to make sense out of this?
Professor Sandy Dorley
School of Liberal Studies
Conestoga College, Kitchener, ON
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