Here’s a nice little post with a link about using a “layer cake” analogy to explain essay writing to students. I’ve never actually used this analogy, but apparently a bunch of other people have, because the original post got a LOT of shares. So if your students aren’t getting how to put an essay together, this might be something to try. You also might want to check the comments on the original, wherein readers share their own favourite tips for teaching essay structure.
This week, I am working on essay structure with my post-intro students. After 22 years of teaching essay structure in various forms, I am, as you can imagine, sick of it. But then I came across this little analogy: how to bake your essay like a cake! It’s cute. It’s tasty. There are things here they might actually remember.
This got me thinking. A lot of you out there must have analogies that you use over and over in your classroom, because they work. Or maybe a teacher gave you an analogy years ago that you’ve never forgotten. Could you please share some of them here? That way, the rest of us can learn, steal, or just admire your ingenuity and that of the teachers you’ve known.
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