What is “Academic” Writing? L. Lennie Irvin Alex Alves de Paula Gustavo Garcia Lígia Domingos Luciana Rodrigues Mônica Oliveira Thiago José dos Reis Academic Writing – April, 2012
The Academic Writing TaskIn order to accomplish the writing task inAcademia successfully, you must knowwhat you are doing!
Seven myths about writing#1: The “Paint by Numbers” myth.#2: Writers only start writing when they haveeverything figured out.#3: Perfect first drafts.#4: Some got it; I don’t—the genius fallacy.#5: Good grammar is good writing.#6: The Five Paragraph Essay.#7: Never use “I”.
The Academic Writing Situation The biggest problem: freshman writers have a poor sense of the writing situation in general. Consider the differences between speaking and writing.
You should know you audience Who is your audience? Professor? Classmates? Don’t forget to use punctuation, and proper word choice to comunicate your tone! What is the occasion or context ?
Elements of the college writing “literacy task”#1. Knowledge of Research Skills.#2. The Ability to Read Complex Texts.#3. The Understanding of Key DisciplinaryConcepts.#4. Strategies for Synthesizing, Analyzing, andResponding Critically to new Information.
Academic Writing Is an Argument1) The value of an organized presentation of your “case”.2) The crucial element of strong evidence.
Academic Writing is an analysisAcademic Writing Analysis Claim/ Thesis
Three Common Types ofCollege Writing Assignments In your opinion, do you believe Hamlet was truly mad? • Presents two counter claims# 1. The Closed Writing • Analysis Assignment • Determine the more valid claim • Support the claim: argumentation
Three Common Types ofCollege Writing Assignments • Discuss the role of law in Antigone. # 2. The • Explain the relationship betweenSemi-Open character and fate in Hamlet. Writing • Compare and contrast the use ofAssignment setting in two short stories. • Show how the Fugitive Slave Act influenced the Abolitionist Movement.
Three Common Types ofCollege Writing Assignments • Analyze the role of a character in Dante’s The Inferno. • What does it mean to be an #3. The Open “American” in the 21st Century? Writing Assignment • Analyze the influence of slavery upon one cause of the Civil War. • Compare and contrast two themes within Pride and Prejudice.
Picking and Limiting a Writing Topic• Choose what to write about from a solid understanding of your subject.• Look for things that interest you, as you read and review your subject matter.• Look for gaps, puzzling items, things that confuse you, or connctions you see.• You’ll write best when you write from both your head and your heart.
Three Characteristics of Academic Writing1. Clear evidence in writing that the writers have beenpersistent, open-minded, and disciplined in study.2. The dominance of reason over emotions or sensualperception.3. An imagined reader who is coolly rational, reading forinformation, and intending to formulate a reasonedresponse.
Characteristics of the Critical Essay• 1. Makes a point and support it;• 2. The point has to be debatable and open to interpretation;• 3. Be organized and needs a support text;• 4. Publish the sources you used in the essay;• 5. MLA or APA document format;• 6. Grammatical correctness.
ConclusionUnderstanding well the subject you aregoing to write about is essential.Academic Writing requires a lot of criticalthinking, hard work, and practice.