‘This Is Good’ Is Bad

| FL, USA | Learning | November 4, 2016

(I am substituting in a tenth grade English class. The students are writing essays. Student #1 and Student #2 have been joking with each other a lot.)

Student #1: “How long does each paragraph have to be?”

Student #2: “Five sentences.”

Me: “Yeah, five sentences, but it really depends on what kind of sentences. Like… “This is bad” is not a good sentence.”

Student #1: “Right.”

Student #2: “Is ‘This is good’ a good sentence?”

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