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ERIC Number: ED421708
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 12
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An Analysis of Sentential Themes in Academic Writing: Implications for Teaching Sentence Style and Revision.
Lovejoy, Kim Brian
This paper introduces a procedure for analyzing sentential themes and demonstrates how it may be useful to students when they consider the effectiveness of their own sentences in the process of revising a piece of writing. The paper shows that, by analyzing sentential themes and their function in academic writing, students can learn to perform the same analysis in revising sentences in their own writing and thus can develop their ability to communicate information more effectively. The paper analyzes a scholarly article in psychology to illustrate the kinds of sentential themes that occur in academic writing. The paper is in three major sections; the first section is devoted to the theoretical framework underlying this approach, in particular discussing "theme and rheme," and"given and new" information. The second section deals with analyzing sentential themes, focusing on four major themes and their functions. The final section discusses implications for teaching sentence revision in college writing. It uses the draft (and the revision) of a student paper summarizing an article to illustrate common problems with sentence style in student writing. Contains 14 references; a glossary is attached. (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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