Academix writing: Text moves

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Academic writing
Text moves
My turn to teach
Topics
o Pathway to definition
 Literature review
o Definition
o Critical aspects
o Rhetorical functions
 Example
o Language
o Analyzing a sample text
Pathway to definition
o In our previous classes:
 Paragraphing
 Titles and Abstracts
 Introduction
 Conclusion
What now ?
Literature review
Pathway to definition
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Pathway to definition
Literature review
Academic genre
Essay
Report
Scientific paper
Propose
Theses
Abstract
Introduction
Methods
Results
Discussion
Conclusion
Lit. review
Purpose
Justification
Dissemination
Sections
Pathway to definition
Literature review
Academic genre
Essay
Report
Scientific paper
Propose
Theses
Sections
Abstract
Introduction
Methods
Results &
Discussion
Conclusion
Section
Text moves
elements
- Research area
- Research territory
- Materials
- Methods overall
- Key findings
- Purpose
- Research niche
- Procedures
- Present Findings
- Interpretations
- How study was
conducted
- Occupy the
niche
- Analytical
methods
- Findings
interpretation
- Contribution to
the field
- Statistical
treatment
- Comparison with
other studies
- Broad
implications
- Results
- Conclusions
- Significance
- Limitations
Definition
Text moves are:
Elements that characterize the sections of
a text.
Critical aspects
o Specific order
 for cohesion
o Construction
 Rhetorical functions
Rhetorical functions
Guidelines for creating an effective composition (text move)
Report
Define
Instruct
Describe
Categorize
Exemplify
Argue
Evaluate other’s point of view
Compare
Contrast
Generalize
Express certainty
Emphasize
Express feelings
Analyze
Plan action
Provide support
Applicate
Take a stance
Introduce
Use previous research
Indicate gap
Present findings
Discuss limitations
Draw conclusions
Recommend
Implicate
Rhetorical functions
Example
Discussion
Report
Define
Instruct
Describe
Categorize
Exemplify
Argue
Evaluate other’s point of view
Compare
Contrast
Generalize
Express certainty
Emphasize
Express feelings
Analyze
Plan action
Provide support
Applicate
Take a stance
Introduce
Use previous research
Indicate gap
Present findings
Discuss limitations
Draw conclusions
Recommend
Implicate
Language
Indicating a gap
 However, little
information/attention/work/data....
 None of these reports, however, ...
 These studies have emphasized ...,as
opposed to ....
 Although considerable research has
been devoted to ... , rather less attention
has been paid to ....
Rhetorical functions
Using previous research
 The work of X indicates that ...
 X has drawn attention to the fact that ...
 However, Y does not support X's
argument that ...
 It is the view of X that ...
Analyzing a sample text
A comparison of the experimental and estimated properties of the biodiesel samples from M.
circinelloides grown on different carbon sources is shown in Table 4. The viscosity and density are
important parameters that have significant influence on the quality of biodiesel. For example, a
viscosity higher than 6.0mm2 s−1 is associated with unreacted glycerides, which have resulted in
low atomization and incomplete fuel combustion that promote carbon deposits, affecting the
overall performance of the engine [18]. Herein, the direct transesterification of M. circinelloides,
independently of the carbon source used for cell growth, resulted in low concentrations of
monoacylglycerols (<3% wt) and diacylglycerols (< 1.4% wt) without any concentration of
triacylglycerols. Thus, the values of the kinematic viscosity and density determined for all biodiesel
samples produced herein comply with the limits established by the American Society for Testing
and Materials (ASTM D6751) D6751, independently of the used carbon source.
CARVALHO, Ana Karine F. et al. Direct transesterification of Mucor circinelloides biomass for biodiesel production:
Effect of carbon sources on the accumulation of fungal lipids and biofuel properties. Fuel, v. 234, p. 789-796, 2018.
Text moves
Move 1
Analyzing a sample text
Present findings
1. A comparison of the experimental and estimated properties of the biodiesel samples from
M. circinelloides grown on different carbon sources is shown in Table 4.
Rhetorical function: Refer to table
Move 2
Provide background information
2. The viscosity and density are important parameters that have significant influence on the
quality of biodiesel.
Rhetorical function: Arguing
3. For example, a viscosity higher than 6.0mm2 s−1 is associated with unreacted glycerides,
which have resulted in low atomization and incomplete fuel combustion that promote
carbon deposits, affecting the overall performance of the engine [18].
Rhetorical function: Provide example, arguing, using previous research
Text moves
Move 3
Analyzing a sample text
Findings interpretation
Herein, the direct transesterification of M. circinelloides, independently of the carbon source
used for cell growth, resulted in low concentrations of monoacylglycerols (<3% wt) and
diacylglycerols (< 1.4% wt) without any concentration of triacylglycerols.
Rhetorical function: Expressing cause and effect
Move 4
Implications
Thus, the values of the kinematic viscosity and density determined for all biodiesel samples
produced herein comply with the limits established by the American Society for Testing and
Materials (ASTM D6751) D6751, independently of the used carbon source.
Rhetorical function: Providing support
The End!
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