Paragraph Structure using your FEET

Hello, this is Dr. Dan.  I have created the FEET model for you, to help develop your writing skills.  This is accomplished by effectively organizing  paragraph content, while promoting a balanced use of evidence, examples, and your own logical conclusions.  We will begin by examining the FEET model, then transition to some examples and tests that will help you effectively use your FEET.

1. Introduction to your FEET model

F = Focus: “Students often provide great information in their assignments or discussions, but fail to effectively organize the information within a paragraph. The FEET model can help students organize content and create effective paragraphs.”

E = Evidence or Examples: “Kuchinka (2016) found the FEET model helps students retain information.  Taking more time to carefully organize content will help students process the information, subsequently moving information from short to long-term memory”.

E = Explanation: “The FEET model is a basic tool, but it can be modified for skilled writers.  For example, a student may cite several articles to support their topic, or have a more in-depth explanation."

T = Transition: “Once students have learned the basic application of the FEET model and how to effectively organize a paragraph, they can then focus on higher-level writing skills.”

2. Now that you have been introduced to the FEET model, let's see what you remember.

The FEET model: now test your memory. What do the letters in the FEET model stand for?

  • Focus
    The theme or main idea
  • Evidence or Example
    Peer-reviewed research
  • Explanation
    Logical conclusions
  • Transition
    A connect from current topic to the next

3. Creating an effective paragraph using your FEET.

Organize the paragraph using your FEET, by moving around each set of sentences until they are in the correct order.

  • Students often provide great information in their assignments or discussions, but fail to effectively organize the information within a paragraph. The FEET model can help students organize content and create effective paragraphs.
  • Kuchinka (2016) found the FEET model can help improve grades, and it will help students retain the information. For example, students who carefully organize the content of a paragraph will take more time to process the information, moving it from short to long-term memory
  • The FEET model can be an effective tool. It is important to note the FEET model is a basic tool and can be modified. For example, a student may have many articles to support their claims and more detailed explanations. The basic structure, however, will for the most part remain the same.
  • Once students have learned the basic application of the FEET model and how to effectively organize a paragraph, they can then focus on higher-level writing skills.

Now attempt a more complicated scenario that follows the FEET model, with a minor addition. Using your FEET, organize the following paragraph published by Kolodindky, Giacalone, and Jurkiewicz (2008).

  • Another important future research area is in determining the degree of attraction prospective workers have to workplaces characterized as spiritual.
  • Much of the recent interest in P-O fit stems from Schneider’s attraction-selection-attrition (ASA) framework (Schneider, 1987), which suggests that prospective workers and organizations ‘‘are attracted to one another based on their similarity’’ (Cable and Judge, 1997, p. 546).
  • It may be that some organizations are better at attracting workers solely because their cultures are known to have various spiritual attributes.
  • Indeed, much has been written about the servant leadership orientation in companies such as Service Master, Toro, Herman Miller, and Ritz-Carlton (Kolodinsky et al., 2003), for instance.
  • Future research should explore how such organizational spirituality perceptions are formed, how such perceptions are transferred, and what specific spirituality attributes are most attractive to prospective employees.

4. Conclusion

Great work!

I hope you enjoyed learning how to use your FEET.  Kuchinka (2016) revealed students who consistently apply the FEET model will learn more and receive higher grades.  Now while this citation is only an example and not a real published article, the findings would likely be true.  Even as I create this conclusion, I have applied the FEET model.  This is Dr. Dan and may God Bless you and all you do.