This program is very systematic in its teaching. It was like having a step-by-step to do list. Where all other programs failed because they were too conceptual, this program worked because of the easy step-by-step process. My son is in high school now and his writing is acceptable. He’s not a natural writer, so I don’t think it will ever be exceptional, but it is good now. Even though Pattern Based Writing is intended for younger children, it is great for a remedial program at the middle school level. I just moved faster at the earliest stages. What I found was that the simple explanation of things makes this program wonderful for a child who is struggling with writing. You get the “Oh, that’s all you wanted” light bulb going off.
One can easily understand this type of essay if one examines the following example. Suppose a person has to write an analytical essay regarding the poem titles “Do not go gentle into that good night” by Dylan Thomas. First of all, the author should read the poem several times and highlight the words or phrases that he or she believes are important. The second step is to formulate a thesis that the paper will defend. In this case, it may be “The author of the poem uses many synonyms to describe death in order to show its variations”. As soon as one comes up with the thesis, one can start writing the essay. The basic structure will be the same: introduction, body, and conclusion. However, the body paragraphs will be devoted to defending the thesis. The author generally expects that the audience is familiar with the poem or will read it before reading the essay. T However, it is essential to quote different parts of the poem in order to provide evidence for the thesis. Thus, the author should show that there are images of night, dying light, and darkness used to refer to the idea of death. All this should lead to a logical conclusion that the author of the poem wanted to explore different manifestations of death in life of a person which is a rather insightful claim about the original text.