The conclusion doesn’t contain new ideas, arguments or evidence.
The essay starts with a hook that grabs your reader’s interest.
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First, the Paragraph of the Week helps students construct a clear, concise, and organized paragraph. Then, when your students are ready, you can transition them to the Essay of the Month, where they take the principles they learned in POTW and apply them to a 5 paragraph essay.
In this portion of the essay, Bacon addresses problems with the three categories introduced at the outset. Spending too much time studying leads to lack of productivity. Studies have only potential power in themselves. They must be applied toward practical ends. Here, it would be prudent to remember words of wisdom from Ralph Waldo Emerson: “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.” Using studies for ornament in the present day is perhaps best exemplified by the postmodernists. Lacan, in particular, loved obscurantism. Quite frankly, his writing makes him sound like a pretentious hipster. Bacon warns against such vanity. Love of sounding intelligent (especially in cases where there is nothing beyond the façade) leads to intellectual conceit. Bacon notes one other major problem: ‘to make judgment wholly by their rules.’ Here, he is rejecting the subjugation of humanity to reason. We use reason to improve out lot in life (both individually and as a society). Plato and others have tried to argue that reason must reign supreme (see Plato’s Phaedrus). Plato used the analogy of the chariot whereby the charioteer represents reason and the horses represent the passions. The charioteer’s goal is to maintain control (this feeds into Plato’s larger argument that the soul works best when reason is in charge). Modern psychology has pretty much shattered the naïve goal of placing reason in charge of the passions. If we were to ‘make judgments’ wholly by the rules of abstract principles, we would feel terribly constrained. Reason is the servant of the passions, but a persuasive and stubborn one.
Central to any humanities education is knowing how and when to apply what one has learned. Justification of the humanities would be necessary even if we lived in an age in which the value of a true liberal arts education was widely known. I say this because much of what passes for liberal arts today is deeply ideological and based in pseudo-disciplines. A true liberal arts education, based in the trivium (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) and emphasizing an understanding of and appreciation for the great classics, aims at the excellence of the individual. Francis Bacon (1561–1626), being one of the most important writers for any student of the humanities to study, should be part of the basic curriculum. Among his writings, his Essays offer an immensely practical understanding of the humanities. Among his essays, Of Studies is perhaps the greatest. What is the value of studying in the liberal arts? Francis Bacon offers an utterly compelling answer. This article will be an analysis of what I would argue is one of the most important essays ever written.
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This daily, scaffolded approach to essay writing is perfect to help get your students writing good, solid, detailed 5 paragraph essays. Students will write one essay a school month (20 days), focusing on the organization and format of the essay itself.