According to Thomas E. Nunnally  and Kimberley Wesley,  most teachers and professors consider the five-paragraph form ultimately restricting for fully developing an idea. Wesley argues that the form is never appropriate. Nunnally states that the form can be good for developing analytical skills that should then be expanded.
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While the standard essay format is a useful scaffold, it’s important to teach students other, more authentic kinds of writing as well.