Basic elements of academic research writing

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Chapter 22 of Engaging Questions, the “strategies of development, sometimes called modes, are moves that writers make when constructing a piece of writing” (Channell & Crusius, 2016, p. 310). Strategies of development can include exemplifying, narrating, describing, evaluating, defining, classifying, comparing-contrasting, and showing cause and effect. In ENG101 or in another composition I course, you may have written essays using those strategies. In this class you will continue to do so.

Reflect:  
As a developing writer, it is important to continue employing and developing these modes to maximize the effect of your message. Think of a recent piece of writing, regardless of length, you produced at work or home, in which you used one or more of these calculated moves to achieve a desired effect.

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For this post consider the following questions:

  • What strategy or combination of strategies of development do you remember using?
  • How or why did you choose the strategies of development?
  • What effect did they produce on your audience?
  • How do you know this effect was achieved?

Make your initial post and two response posts substantive. A substantive post will do at least ONE of the following:

  • ask an interesting, thoughtful question pertaining to the topic
  • answer a question (in detail) posted by another student or the instructor
  • provide extensive additional information on the topic
  • explain, define, or analyze the topic in detail
  • share an applicable personal experience
  • provide an outside source (for example, a website) that applies to the topic, along with additional information about the topic or the source (please cite properly in APA)
  • make an argument concerning the topic

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