Three stone slabs were found by Romanian archaeologist Nicolae Vlassa , in the mid-20th century (1961) in Tărtăria (present-day Alba county , Transylvania ), Romania , ancient land of Dacia , inhabited by Dacians, which were a population who may have been related to the Getaes and Thracians . One of the slabs contains 4 groups of pictographs divided by lines. Some of the characters are also found in Ancient Greek , as well as in Phoenician , Etruscan , Old Italic and Iberian . The origin and the timing of the writings are disputed, because there are no precise evidence in situ , the slabs cannot be carbon dated, because of the bad treatment of the Cluj museum. There are indirect carbon dates found on a skeleton discovered near the slabs, that certifies the 5300–5500 BC period.
You present a persuasive argument for the abandonment of the 5-paragraph essay and suggest a new format for presenting an argument... However, you did not provide much information on what is expected to go in between your introduction and conclusion? You suggested this format opens the essay to compare/contrast, cause/effect, analysis, etc... but how do you suggest students structure an essay with these approaches in practice? Any piece of writing needs some structure and main ideas that are then supported with various pieces of evidence (whether you are writing a historical thesis or a persuasive essay)... If you are abandoning a "main idea followed by supporting evidence" format, what do you propose should take its place? Or perhaps my understanding of the 5-paragraph essay you are speaking of is incorrect?
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