Weekly essays First, I have learned the format of American academic article. In introduction part, briefly describe the background, skillful use the hook and then finish the thesis statement in the end of the first paragraph. The body part should be split into two or three part. Each paragraph should begin with main idea following one or two connecting sentences to explain details of the main idea. Then we should use the skills which Sarah taught us in class to paraphrase one opinion form Sourcework or other passages to support the main idea. Then I also should use one or two connecting sentences to explain the meaning of the example. The conclusion part should better not add any new idea. Just summarize all the idea I have listed in this essay. Second, there are three points we should pay attention to paraphrase. The same meaning, different enough and refer directly to the original source. A qualified paraphrase must contain all of them. Next but not least, in American academic article, do not use ”I”, ”we”, ”us”, ”you” as far as possible. Use third person all the time, like “people”, “It”. Do not use “and”, “but” to start a sentence, make use of “furthermore”, ”without any doubt”, ” In spite of”. This is Ali’s experiences and I think it is very useful for me.
- Spring '11
- Writing, Sarah, Writing Center