Exploring the use of text organization patterns in the argumentative writing of Secondary 6 students

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Exploring the use of text organization patterns in the argumentative writing of Secondary 6 students

 

Author: Weng, Carolyn H
Title: Exploring the use of text organization patterns in the argumentative writing of Secondary 6 students
Degree: M.A.
Year: 1997
Subject: English language -- Rhetoric -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of English
Pages: vii, 116 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1428652
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/3817
Abstract: This study uses the concept of text frames to investigate the text organization patterns employed by student writers in a composition task. A culturally popular text organization pattern found in the writing of native speakers of English, the claim - counterclaim text frame, was used by the subjects, a group of secondary students studying English as a second language, to organize a letter to the editor text. The response of a native English speaker to the student writing is explored as well as the manner in which the students use the text frame. Problems which the students encounter, including the lack of explicitly encoded claims to frame the opening discourse structure and the undersignaling of claims are analyzed. The study develops a classification system which divides claims into explicit, recoverable and implicit categories. Using this analytical tool a teacher may be able to anticipate some of the difficulties students will have in using the claim - counterclaim text frame effectively to organize their argumentative writing.

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