0 of 8192 characters usedPost CommentNo HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. Thanks for providing a breakdown of each writing style so I could see the differences. I appreciate and thank (I am not a literature individual)her for this literary knowledge. Excellent article, Lisa. Very thorought and informative. All high school and college students should read and bookmark this page of yours. It is good to have someone used to using these citations and forms to write this. I’m retired now, and I would actually have to do some research to write this today. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Thank you. I think of all the articles I’ve written for HubPages so far, this one was definitely the most time consuming. You’ve put a huge amount of work into this. It will be really helpful to many students. This Hub is extremely helpful and well done. Wow very interesting and insightful, i wonder what my style is? Thank you for all of your comments! SimeyC, I will work on those suggestions asap. If only we could get our students to read this! Very interesting, but i have to admit a bit mind boggling. I suddenly feel very guilty of not following most of the rules. Thank goodness I don’t have to prepare my doctoral dissertation anytime soon! Very thorough and detailed hub; well presented and easy to read. The only thing that would help me was perhaps an introduction about Writing Styles maybe explaining why there are different styles – and eve a table with a quick summary of the main points and when you’d use these styles?

I put them up on the board and ask them to identify each piece of the PEE Principle. In a well-developed paragraph, students should be able to underline the sentence that is the POINT. They should be able to highlight specific examples from the text. They should be able to find words and phrases that fall into the category of explain. Through this process, students will make discoveries, which will help them in their own writing. One of the things they will discover is that in a well written paragraph, the examples and explain often overlap. The pieces are not linear in their organization. Sometimes, the POINT sentence comes at the end of the paragraph. They will also discover that when the paragraph is well written, it is easy to identify the pieces. When the paragraph isn’t well written, they will discover that they are often confused about whether or not all the pieces are there. Or, they will argue with their classmates about which sentence really is the POINT, when the point isn’t clear. The last step in the process is for students to take a good hard look at their own work and the work of their peers.

Often after we write an essay or a paragraph, I will ask students to work in pairs, high-lighter in hand. I will ask them to read their own work and their classmate’s work, underline the sentence that they believe is the point, high-light the examples, and circle words and phrases that show evidence of explanation. This is a good reflective exercise for students to evaluate on their own if they are writing well-developed paragraphs. If your students are struggling with writing well-developed paragraphs, or essays, that show evidence of their critical thinking, then this might be a technique that gives them success. I have taught it in my classroom for years. After switching from teaching ninth grade to eleventh grade, I discovered that the students in my classroom for a second time remember the technique from when I had them as ninth graders. They won’t easily forget this technique and it might help them become stronger critical thinkers and writers. Written by Donna Hilbrandt.

0 of 8192 characters usedPost CommentNo HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. Great article. We talked about 5 x5 paragraphs for our son for the writing tests he had to take when he was in school. Five sentences with at least five words each. 1 introductory sentence, three explanations and 1 sentence to conclude. PEEing down a page. I just converted this hub to a video hub for anyone who wants to check out the video exemplar. It simple and kids remember it! Good luck and thanks for reading and commenting. Wow, I love this article. I will practice the PEEing concept. The next time I tutor a student, I’d like to share this article with them and the whole technique of writing, PEE style! BKCreative: I hope it helps. I am trying to find some time to write more about this. I am working on a video too.

Stay tuned. Thanks for reading and sharing. I think this is a great idea! Use PEE – and you got them. This is so clever – and our students need this to help them remember – and yes, gross is best. I no longer teach but a dear friend is teaching history – and often essay writing is necessary. My friend is brilliant at sharing the world with her students but as soon as they have to write an essay they tune out. PEE and I am sure it will make them perk up. Well done and thanks a million! Thanks, Sid. I also learn by example and need the levels as well. I particularly like the fact that you show both good and poor examples when teaching. When I was in college, the college was too snooty to do that. I saw lots of great poetry, but, without the contrast, never learned what makes great poetry different from only good poetry.

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