November 16, 2010
Road Map Paragraphs: An Outdated Metaphor?
In teaching legal writing, most of us encourage students to write road map paragraphs, that is, a paragraph in the introduction that informs the reader of the organization of the ensuing discussion--where you are going. This metaphor works for readers who use maps. However, a few days ago, my 22 year old daughter refused to take a road map with her on her trip out of state. She told me that she doesn't really understand how to use maps. For her, GPS is the replacement. For others, it's Mapquest. Perhaps we need an updated metaphor for the new generation of students.