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Write Like a ChemistA Guide and Resource$
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Marin S Robinson, Fredricka L Stoller, Molly Constanza-Robinson, and James K Jones

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195367423

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780195367423.001.0001

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Learning to Write Like a Chemist

Learning to Write Like a Chemist

Chapter:
1 Learning to Write Like a Chemist
Source:
Write Like a Chemist
Author(s):

Marin S Robinson

Fredricka L Stoller

Molly Constanza-Robinson

James K Jones

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195367423.003.0006

Chapter 1 introduces the basic approach to reading and writing in chemistry used in this textbook. It also provides a brief orientation to the textbook. By the end of this chapter, you should be able to do the following: ■ Identify common writing genres in chemistry and in this textbook ■ Describe the five essential components of genre analysis and explain why genre analysis is so useful for developing writers ■ Explain what is meant by audience, and identify the audiences addressed in this textbook ■ Differentiate between broad and fine organizational structure ■ Explain the meaning and significance of a move and a move structure ■ Understand how the textbook is organized and the approach it takes to help you improve your chemistry writing skills Many effective writers develop their discipline-specific writing skills by reading and analyzing the works of others in their fields. Learning to write in chemistry is no exception; chemistry-specific writing skills are developed by reading and analyzing the writing of chemists. We coined the phrase “read-analyze-write” to describe this approach and promote this process throughout the textbook. In this chapter, we lay the foundation for the read-analyze-write approach by analyzing a few common, nonscientific examples of writing. We use these everyday examples (e.g., letters, recipes, jokes, used-car ads, poems) to introduce you to the process of analyzing writing and to share with you the tools that you will need to analyze chemistry writing in subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   Content, science, as a component of genre analysis, Grammar and Mechanics, as a component of genre analysis, Science content, as a component of genre analysis, Writing conventions, as a component of genre analysis

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