Archive for February 4th, 2008

How to write paragraphs and proofs

February 4, 2008

Remember when you first learned how to write paragraphs?  For me I think it was seventh grade, and the approach we were given was to craft five sentence long paragraphs:  the first sentence set out the topic (or thesis); the next three sentences gave further detail supporting the thesis; and the last sentence summarized the content of the paragraph. 

By the end of seventh grade, we were starting to write essays.  An essay consisted of five paragraphs:  the introduction, three supporting paragraphs, and the conclusion.  Each of those paragraphs were themselves five sentences long, following the same structure.

Egads, a fractal!