Graduate Writing Fellows, Spring 2012

The American Geophysicists Union brought you a glossary of terms that mean one thing to scientists, and something entirely different to members of the general public.

Tony Broh brought you a glossary of financial-aid terms that mean one thing to an institution and something else to students and their families.

Now, the Bok Center’s Graduate Writing Fellows seminar brings you a glossary of terms that mean one thing to you, an instructor and expert writer, and something entirely different to your student, a novice writer.

Word What it means to a novice writer What it means to an expert writer
Answer Correct response Thoughtful response
Thesis Bold claim Reasonable, interesting claim
Argument An insistently repeated claim Evidence-based position
Framing Digression about the argument’s place in the universe Brief summary of the context most relevant to the argument
Convincing Incontrovertible Plausible and well-supported
Evidence Examples provided at regular intervals Examples cited to prove most controversial points
Analysis Assertion that evidence sanctions claim Explanation of how evidence and claim are linked
Orienting Providing  background detail Providing facts necessary to argument
Conclusion Restatement Reflection

How do you teach your novice-writer students to think like expert writers? Come find out! Click here to find how to become a participant.

2 thoughts on “Graduate Writing Fellows, Spring 2012

  1. Love the shout out to the American Geophysical Union! So fascinating to confront the different connotations words have for novices compared to experts.

  2. Does this mean that the students lack a proper understanding of the terms, or that professors are using esoteric definitions that must be redefined for the students?

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