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ERIC Number: EJ813107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
The Mock Research Paper
Clark, Carlton
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v36 n1 p47-49 Sep 2008
The mock research paper combines creative writing with academic writing and, in the process, breaks down that binary. This article describes a writing assignment that offers an introduction to the college research paper genre. This assignment helps students focus on crafting an argument and learning genre conventions while postponing until the actual research paper the task of juggling secondary content. This way of prioritizing tends to prevent the secondary content from becoming the focus on the paper. The argument takes center stage, where it belongs. Students must also learn to read research reports with a critical mind, understanding that a credible-looking report isn't necessarily trustworthy. The mock research paper teaches these lessons while, at the same time, being an enjoyable assignment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A