Monday, 20 October 2014

Lexical Links: Student Example

A strong use (a clear use) of lexical links in the 5-¶ Model, courtesy of Gurkaran Padam & Ben Moerman (BCIT, 2014).
  1. The Five-Paragraph Model is a technology for clearly communicating ideas.
  2. The model begins with a clear statement of the main idea.
  3. Subsequent paragraphs develop and explain this idea; making it clearly understandable.
  4. Each paragraph ends with a linking sentence to provide a fluid reading experience.
  5. In summary, the Five-Paragraph Model clearly communicates your main idea: your thesis.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

On Technology & Time

An excellent slide presentation of the interrelationship between technology, time, & society at this hotlink, from Peter Rontuu: BCIT Instructor in Geomatics.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Supporting Viewing

On the nature of Time, from "Nova" on the American government channel, PBS--a video clip courtesy of classfellow JFL.

And on the form of social order known as technocracy--rule by technologists--a video series, "Pandora's Box", subtitled A Fable From the Age of Science, is a six part 1992 BBC documentary television series written and produced by Adam Curtis, which examines the consequences of political and technocratic rationalism. (Also courtesy of a classfellow.)

Monday, 6 October 2014

Example of a Paragraph in the 5-Paragraph Model

  1. The 5-Paragraph Model of the essay contains all the correct elements and in the correct order.
  2. An opening paragraph delivers the clear and simple thesis, and a closing paragraph enlightening summarises the essay’s development of the thesis without adding any new material.
  3. And in the middle, three development paragraphs successively prove the thesis: each using fact or reason to take the reader sentence-by-sentence from ignorance to knowledge.
  4. Furthermore, this 5-Paragraph model of the essay is also the macrocosm of each individual paragraph, which means that each paragraph-microcosm has the same five elements and in the same order (the first element is called the topic sentence; the last element is the call the linking sentence, while the middle three sentence are still called ‘development’.)
  5. So, we can summarise by saying that the 5-Paragraph Model succeeds in every non-fiction writing situation.