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“Sports” is a broad term that basically refers to diverse forms of physical activities that are competitive in nature. Participation in sports is aimed at utilizing or maintaining, as well as improving one’s physical capabilities, with skills of the game. Moreover, the participating individual, along with spectators, are entertained by this physical competition. Activities like football are effective in nurturing physical health, in addition to developing good interaction skills.

Historic artifacts suggest that the earliest sporting activities took place in China many centuries ago. At the time sports originated, gymnastics were the most popular sport among the ancient Chinese. Similarly suggestive artifacts were found in Egypt, with monuments indicating that traditional sports like fishing and swimming were well-developed in the region. Correspondingly, ancient Persians were fond of martial arts, jousting, and polo. Another civilization that embraced sports was ancient Greece, whose culture was prominently focused on sports. Greece is specifically important to sports, considering that the now very famous Olympic Games competition was created by the Greeks.

Numerous sports exit today. Some require two participants while others involve larger groups or more individuals. Sporting activities can be classified into two main categories, the broadest and most popular one being physical activities. For instance, physical sports include the various activities that take place during the worldwide Olympic Games competitions. Besides physical games, sports also include mind games that are common among different generations. For example, chess as well as bridge have come to be recognized forms of sport. Nonetheless, not all mind games are accepted as sports. One criterion for consideration as a sport is that the activity should incorporate a competitive element. Secondly, the activity should not cause harm to any living thing, and winning should not depend on luck.

From these criteria, one might expand the list of activities that can be categorized as sports. For instance, physically involved activities like rugby and other physical competitions are sports. In the same way, predominantly motorized activities like power boating, as well as Formula I, is appropriately perceived as sports. The key point is that the defining aspect of competition must be apparent. This infers that an activity in which there is grading of participants on the basis of results definitely qualifies as a sport. In conclusion, activities that do not include the element of competition between two or more individuals or teams are not considered sports whereas activities that do include competition with others can be considered a sport.

Tips on 5-paragraph essay writing:
Generally, sports are an extensive subject that cannot possibly be exhausted in a single essay. To narrow the scope to a manageable range, it is recommended that one choose short subtopics that will interest the reader. As an illustration, the writer might base the sports essay on the rules governing a specific sport. Nonetheless, for a reader who is not a sports fan, such an essay may be boring. To avoid this, it would be vital to incorporate various aspects of sports, being certain to keep the exposition as brief as possible so that the reader’s attention is maintained. As demonstrated in this sample essay, an interesting essay on sports can be one that briefly touches on the distinguishing elements of a sport with the history of sports.

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This post is written by NCTE member Kim Zarins. 

[Disclaimer: I don’t have a PhD in composition studies. My PhD is in English with a focus on medieval literature. Besides teaching college literature courses, I write creatively, and my debut young adult novel comes out in September. I am joining the debate on the five-paragraph essay in response to Kathleen Rowlands’ smart “Slay the Monster” journal article, because I think high school and college teachers can work together and set up our students for success—and the five-paragraph essay is setting them up for a really tough time in college. Students don’t find their voices this way and come to college hating how they sound in writing, particularly in the essay form.

As a high-school survivor of this form and now a teacher occasionally receiving it from students trying their best, I have to say I hate this abomination. I hate it so much, I decided to be naughty and condemn the five-paragraph essay in a five-paragraph essay. Here you go. Enjoy. Or not.]

From the dawn of time, or at least the dawn of the modern high school, the five-paragraph essay has been utilized in high school classrooms. Despite this long tradition, the five-paragraph essay is fatally flawed. It cheapens a student’s thesis, essay flow and structure, and voice.

First, the five-paragraph essay constricts an argument beyond usefulness or interest. In principle it reminds one of a three-partitioned dinner plate. The primary virtue of such dinner plates is that they are conveniently discarded after only one use, much like the essays themselves. The secondary virtue is to keep different foods from touching each other, like the three-body paragraphs. However, when eating from a partitioned plate, a diner might have a bite of burger, then a spoonful of baked beans, then back to the burger, and then the macaroni salad. The palate satisfies its complex needs for texture, taste, choice, and proportion. Not so for the consumers of the five-paragraph essay, who must move through Point 1, then Point 2, and then Point 3. No exceptions. It is arbitrary force-feeding to the point of indigestion. After the body paragraphs, and if readers have not already expired, they may read the Conclusion, which is actually a summary of the Introduction. There is no sense of building one’s argument or of proportion.

Second, critical thinking skills and the organization of the essay’s flow are impaired when a form must be plugged and filled with rows of stunted seeds that will never germinate. If we return to the partitioned-plate analogy, foods are separated, but in food, there is a play in blending flavors, pairing them so that the sum is greater than the individual parts. Also, there is typically dessert. Most people like dessert and anticipate it eagerly. In the five-paragraph essay there is no anticipation, only homogeneity, tedium, and death. Each bite is not food for thought but another dose of the same. It is like Miss Trunchbull in the Roald Dahl novel,  forcing the little boy to eat chocolate cake until he bursts—with the exception that no one on this planet would mistake the five-paragraph essay for chocolate cake. I only reference the scene’s reluctant, miserable consumption past all joy or desire.

Third, the five-paragraph form flattens a writer’s voice more than a bully’s fist flattens an otherwise perky, loveable face. Even the most gifted writer cannot sound witty in a five-paragraph essay, which makes one wonder why experts assign novice writers this task. High school students suffer to learn this form, only to be sternly reprimanded by college professors who insist that writers actually say something. Confidence is shattered, and students can’t articulate a position, having only the training of the five-paragraph essay dulling their critical reasoning skills. Moreover, unlike Midas whose touch turns everything to gold, everything the five-paragraph essay touches turns to lead. A five-paragraph essay is like a string of beads with no differentiation, such as a factory, rather than an individual, might produce.  No matter how wondrous the material, the writer of a five-paragraph essay will sound reductive, dry, and unimaginative. Reading over their own work, these writers will wonder why they ever bothered with the written word to begin with, when they sound so inhuman. A human’s voice is not slotted into bins of seven to eleven sentences apiece. A human voice meanders—but meaning guides the meandering. Voice leans and wends and backtracks. It does not scoop blobs of foodstuff in endless rows. If Oliver Twist were confronted with such blobs of written porridge, he would not ask for more.

In conclusion, the five-paragraph essay is an effective way to remove all color and joy from this earth. It would be better to eat a flavorless dinner from a partitioned plate than to read or write a five-paragraph essay. It would be better to cut one’s toenails, because at least the repetitive task of clipping toenails results in feet more comfortably suited to sneakers, allowing for greater movement in this world. The five-paragraph essay, by contrast, cuts all mirth and merit and motion from ideas until there is nothing to stand upon at all, leaving reader and writer alike flat on their faces. Such an essay form is the very three-partitioned tombstone of human reason and imagination.

Kim Zarins is a medievalist and an Associate Professor of English at the California State University at Sacramento. Her debut young adult novel, Sometimes We Tell the Truth (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, pub date Sept 6), retells Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales with modern American teens traveling to Washington D.C. Find her on Twitter @KimZarins.

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