By marking sentences with different colors, I can show students how to organize their thoughts and ideas, presenting them in a sequence and arriving at a logical conclusion. Students do NOT actually color their papers. The colors simply show them how a well-written essay fits together. It's so simple. Most students can learn to use the system in less than 30 minutes.
I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in 1971 at UNC-Chapel Hill. You can learn more about the ColorCode Essay Writing System at www.essaywritesystem.com.
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I start by giving the student a copy of the Owner's Manual, which includes a color-coded sample essay + two color-coded sample S.A.T. essays. Then we watch a 16 minute PowerPoint presentation on my laptop. It consists of cartoons and amusing photographs with almost no printed material. I provide the dialogue, outlining why I came up with the concept and how to use the ColorCode Essay Writing System. About 10 minutes into my presentation, most students have an "Aha" moment. Suddenly the clouds of confusion are lifted as they grasp the basic concept.
I earned a Master of Arts in Education degree in 1971 at UNC-Chapel Hill. In prep school, I became President of the Debating Society. This led me to making speeches to other stockbrokers at Prudential Securities. I also gave talks to High School students throughout my career. I became a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) in 1989. Public speaking has always been easy for me, but I wanted to teach folks how simple it is to communicate in writing. In 1986, I copywrited the ColorCode Essay Writing System.