ACADEMIC LITERACY 1 (AL101)
An introduction needs to summarise up the main points of the main body. To do this, the writer should draft the main text first, using the process approach, thereby being able to draw the introduction’s information from this main text.
When following the process approach, one should analyze the question or topic, and then brainstorm it. One needs to plan the writing, thoroughly check the plan, and then write the first draft. After analyzing the first draft and making any necessary amendments, one then writes the second draft (or final draft if one is happy with the results).
The introduction to the assignment or essay will naturally evolve, but it will not happen until the planning and drafting is done. Beekman, L., Dube, C. and Underhill, J., (2011, p.81-84) 1.2.1
Inadvertent plagiarism is when a writer accidentally uses another writer’s words or ideas, without citing their sources. It is vital for students to familiarise themselves on how to quote, paraphrase, summarise and then cite other author’s work.
There are always penalties for every kind of plagiarism. (Beekman, et al, 2011, p.54-55) 1.3.1
cognitive means to think things through, and one of the ways to do this is by creatively brainstorming or creating a picture in your mind.
So thinking things through creatively, using your right side of the brain, is considered an intellectual (or cognitive) skill. (Beekman, et al, 2011, p.6-7) 1.4.1
A chart or graph, needs to be explained in a detailed way, so that it makes sense to the person reading it. This detailed information needs to be structured in a flowing way that it is easy to read, and therefore should include an opening sentence that highlights the reason behind the graph. I feel that one needs to interpret the chart or graph in a well structured, flowing summary, to ensure that it is easy to read and understand. (Beekman, et al, 2011, p.34-35)
Presenting an argument, or debating a topic, is so important for academic progress because it is extending oneself beyond what is read or learned in academic literature, and it forces one to think for themselves. To develop oneself as an academic student, and to gain more knowledge about a subject, it is not enough to merely take other author’s words as gospel. One needs to have an opinion on the subject without letting one’s emotions get in the way. This opinion needs to have evidence to support it, and should also recognise (but argue) the opposing opinion. Then, if one did not agree with the original subject, they must take on the task of persuading their readers that their view on the subject is the correct one, and back it up with evidence. By having one’s own opinion, and drawing their own conclusion, one is understanding the subject more in-depth, viewing the subject from all angles and coming to their own conclusions. It shows their readers that they have researched and thought out their viewpoint, and have has enhanced their academic progress drastically. (Beekman, et al, 2011, p.39-47) 1.6.1
Beekham et al (2011) compare the structure of a paragraph to the structure of a house. They illustrate a topic sentence being the roof of the house, with the supporting sentences being the walls of the house. These “walls” are made up of supporting illustrations, statistics, examples, facts, quotes etc. All of this information supports your topic sentence as the walls would support a roof of a house.(Beekman, et al, 2011, p.68-69) QUESTION 2
Beekham et al (2011) state that the left side of the brain is more analytical, and the right side of the brain is more creative when processing information. I currently feel that I use my right side of the brain more than my left side. I have changed over the years and moved from being more analytical to more creative. I tended to be a lot more structured and...
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