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Academic Writing

A brief introduction to academic writing
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Vanessa Faulkner

on 21 March 2011

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Transcript of Academic Writing

What is Academic Writing? Descriptive Writing Vs. Academic Writing Question-driven Writing As Joseph Harris puts it: The goal is to "situate your thoughts about a text or an issue in relation to what others have written about it." (2006, pg.1) Or to put it another way: You're "joining the conversation" Not just telling--SHOWING! It is UNIQUE and ORIGINAL Don't just jumble together others' ideas. Introduce a new look at your topic. If it's already been said, then why are you writing the same thing? Descriptive writing: Easy

Academic writing: Not hard when you know the tricks Ok, then. What are the tricks? Forwarding Taking a text's ideas and furthering them
(Harris, 2006, pg. 37) Countering When you take a person's idea and suggest a different way of looking at the same thing. This is not refuting it or claiming it is "wrong"
(Harris, 2006, pg. 56) Coming to Terms When you explain someone else's concept in your own words
(Harris, 2006, pg. 15) Taking an Approach Working from the perspective of a different writer, working through their ideas and reworking them
(Harris, 2006, pg. 74) Revising! Still Not Convinced? Credits Harris, J. (2006). Rewriting. Logan, UT: Utah State University Press.

They Say/ I Say Templates from: http://depts.washington.edu/owrc/Handouts/Useful%20Templates.pdf
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