analyzing academic writing

In her recent article in Teaching English in the Two Year College, Teresa Thonney outlines six standard features of academic writing:

 

Writers respond to what others have said about their topic.

Writers state the value of their work and announce the plan for their papers.

Writers acknowledge that others might disagree with the position they’ve taken.

Writers adopt a voice of authority.

Writers use academic and discipline specific vocabulary.

Writers emphasize evidence, often in tables, graphs, and images. (348)

 

 

 

Read both papers, paying close attention to the six features of academic writing noted above. Which standards are present in each paper? How does the presence or absence of these standards affect the quality of each paper? Intial post of at least 250 words APA format in which you report your observation.  

 

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