Academic Writing Basics

Academic Writing Basics - commonly referred to as the...

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Click to edit Master subtitle style 9/8/11 Academic Writing Basics Critical Thinking = Critical Writing Dr. C.M. Lai
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9/8/11 Main Focus Writing well in an academic context is less about “style” and more about clear communication of ideas The first step to successful writing of any kind is to have a FOCUS In this course, I call the process of defining this FOCUS: Line of inquiry Research inquiry
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9/8/11 Scope of Focus Start with the SCOPE of the writing project A 20-page assignment has a broader SCOPE than a 5-page assignment You do not need to have a defined focus at the beginning of your inquiry but you should have the parameters of the SCOPE sketched out Consider the nature of the subject matter in sketching out the SCOPE of the inquiry
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9/8/11 Thesis Statement, Topic Statement, etc. The final conceptual framing of the focus of your inquiry is known by different terms,
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Unformatted text preview: commonly referred to as the THESIS (STATEMENT) or TOPIC STATEMENT. Contrary to common student practice, the THESIS STATEMENT is formulated as you progress through the inquiry process. Starting out the writing process with a THESIS STATEMENT is fine, except that your inquiry may not journey this path. 9/8/11 From Topic to Line of Inquiry TOPIC Focus of Inquiry Scope Reading/resear ch Thinking LINE OF INQUIRY MAIN FOCUS / THESIS Interesting points from research inquiry Observations from reading, thinking RETHINKING FOCUS 9/8/11 Template* *consult BB/Syllabus for Formulaic Phrases, Final INTRODUCTION Establish Thesis / Topic Statement Introduce map of paper, including the MAIN FOCUS and MAIN POINTS to be covered. Introduce the basic information of pieces to be discussed FIRST POINT SECOND POINT...
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2011 for the course RHE 306 taught by Professor Alyea during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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