Organizing Your Paper

Video Transcript
Slide 1

Tutor: Before you begin to write, you will need to decide what type of paper you will write.

Student: What do you mean?

Tutor: You need to think about how to organize your paper.

Student: Well, what different ways are there?

Slides 2

Tutor: Here are some different types of organization:

Compare-Contrast
Cause and Effect
Process
Persuasive Argument

Slide 3

Some different types of organization:

Compare-Contrast

Cause and Effect

Process

Persuasive Argument

Slide 4

Tutor: Another point to remember—if you’re writing the paper for an American college, be sure to use U.S. linear logic.

Student: What’s that?

Tutor: Here is an explanation of U.S. linear logic.

Slide 5 – Linear Logic in English Writing

Slide 6

In writing, styles of organization differ from country to country.

English writing follows a different logic than that used in some other cultures.

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People say that English writing uses linear logic because it goes in a straight line.

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The style is very direct because writers “get to the point” right away.

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In other cultures, the writing may appear circular or “zig-zag.” The writing may be indirect. The conclusions may not be stated at all.

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There is nothing wrong with this type of writing. But it may confuse professors in the United States. It is not what they expect to see.

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Professors in the United States expect to see the linear style of writing. When they see a different style, they may see it as “not logical.”

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American Professors expect to see this type of organization in your essay:

I. Introduction

II. Body

III. Conclusion

We’ll be talking more about this later.

Slide 13

As you plan your writing, please remember to be direct and use linear logic!

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