xfer2013 wrote:Kage3212 wrote:xfer2013 wrote:After doing a bunch of the essays, I've started doing a modified CIRAC, which includes a full facts paragraph (CIRFAC).
I like it because, based on my self grading, I typically end up with more points because it's more likely that I have included whatever facts they deem appropriate.
It ends up looking like this:
1) Conclusion, Issue
3) Facts ("Here, ... [basically retelling all parts of the story that I think could conceivably be relevant]")
4) Application ("Applying the rule to these facts, ....")
5) Conclusion (one sentence, "Thus ...")
I know it is important to the graders that you follow CIRAC or something similar. Does anyone see a downside to modifying CIRAC like this?
Wouldnt this result in typing out the same sentences twice? You would type out once in your fact section, and then type out the same exact facts in your application section. I always thought you do stuff like "As articulated in the rule, here we have malice aforethought because the defendant pointed a loaded gun at the man's head and pulled the trigger. At the bare minimum, pointing a loaded gun at an individual's head presents an extreme indifference to the value of human life."
Just restating facts in an almost "statement of the facts section" seems to be a waste, but I would be curious to see what others think.
It results in some repetition sometimes. I would say maybe 30% of the time I end up repeating. But when I do repeat, it's usually only like 2-3 sentences of the same stuff that is relevant to both questions. Where there is enough repetition to make it worthwhile, I copy and paste.
But yeah, your question is exactly why I wonder whether it's a good idea to do this. Theoretically, you don't get knocked for writing the wrong stuff, so if you include a full paragraph of facts, and only half of it is relevant, who cares. But on the other hand, I don't want to make it hard for the grader to find the stuff that gets me points.
My thought thus far has been that it isn't THAT hard to sort through an extra 4-6 sentences of facts (even where potentially repetitive), and that the benefit probably outweighs any detriment. But curious to hear other thoughts.
Honestly, I probably wouldn't do it unless I felt it was absolutely necessary. There's a timing issue for you and a clarity issue for the grader. Graders spend a few minutes reading each essay so you want to be as clear and efficient as possible.