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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

How to Write a 5-Paragraph Essay Step-by-Step : A very helpful book for students, teachers, and parents

 


Most English non-fiction writing is a form of expository writing.   Though there have been some criticisms of this point of view, the five paragraph essay is the basis for nearly all English expository writing.   It is also the form of most writing tests.  


When I was a high school student, I had a Composition teacher who really emphasized outlining your point into the 5 paragraph essay form.  She made it an automatic process for me and it has served me my entire life.  


How to Write a 5-Paragraph Essay Step-by-Step is the best book I have found for instilling that “automatic process” of organizing your essay idea into the 5 paragraph essay form.  It is a simple, straightforward, 100 page guide that uses templates to teach how to organize and outline your essay.    Templates work well for both 1st and 2nd language English students.  I use this book to teach expository writing or prepare students for writing tests.  I teach EFL and find that it works very well for my online students.  


A criticism of the book is that it does not include example essays or answers, but this also contributes to its small size and price.    It is only $100 HKD, including shipping, from Book Depository.  You can order using the link: Book Depository Link "How to Write a 5-Paragraph Essay

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Welcome to the BLS Education Library Blog!

Hello everyone! 

Welcome to the BLS Education Book Blog.  My name is Robert Badal and I am the founder of Ba Lao Shi Perfect English in Hong Kong (that's where the "BLS" comes from).  I have been teaching English since 2002.  Originally from Los Angeles California, I have lived and taught in LA, Japan, China, and Korea before moving to Hong Kong in 2014.  I have published and presented research in both Japan and Korea and done lots of teacher training and professional editing.  Before my career as a teacher, I wrote books, drama, and articles.  You can see my teaching background on the Ba Lao Shi Perfect English website, https://www.balaoshi.com and my writing and personal website, https://www.robertbadal.com.  I also have a mystery and fantasy book blog https://mysteryfantasy.com.


All of the books presented here are found in the BLS Education Library.  This means that not only have I read them, I have used them in my teaching in some capacity.  My goal in starting this blog was to provide insight to parents, students, and teachers -- and anyone who might be interested -- in selecting books.


I spend a lot of time and money doing this and I accept that it is mostly a labor of love and a desire to help people.  But, I also need to survive, so I am an affiliate of Book Depository, which means that if you are interested in a book I recommend, you can click the link and order it from them with free shipping.  I receive a 5% commission for this.  By doing this you are helping to support what I am trying to do -- and I appreciate it very much. 


Please give me feedback or just say hi!


Best to you all!


Rob


Robert Badal







How to Write a 5-Paragraph Essay Step-by-Step : A very helpful book for students, teachers, and parents

  Most English non-fiction writing is a form of expository writing.    Though there have been some criticisms of this point of view, the fiv...