I have a confession to make. I have never taught my students to write a paragraph using the hamburger method. You know, the one with the topic sentence, three sentences each with supporting details, and then a closing sentence.
Never. Not once.
Do I teach my students to write in paragraphs? I do… but not in the way you might think.
Content dictates form.
When I teach narrative writing, I teach students to begin a new paragraph when a new character speaks. When we revise our freewriting, we find natural breaks in topic. When I teach students to write persuasively, we find an effective place to stop, using our paragraphing to add emphasis to our arguments.
Consider the paragraphing choices I made in this blog. Intentional? You bet! Hamburger style? Far from it.