The Content Stage
Writing Better Essays - A Simple Rhetorical Guide to Process, Structure, and Coherence (second edition) - David L. Rogers
David L. Rogers [+]
Kingston University, London
Chapter 2 focuses on the paragraph as the central element of the essay on the assumption that if students can write coherent paragraphs they can write coherent essays. It provides extended and detailed explanations of topic sentence and generating paragraphs, breaking down examples line by line to clarify how each develops and how students can imitate them to achieve coherence in their own paragraphs. The longest in the book, the chapter also explains a range of transitional devices that students can use that, in addition to conventional devices, includes simple but memorable ones such as the polyptoton and the use of ‘this’ only with a clarify phrase. Like all chapters, Chapter 2 includes examples of good practice for students to imitate and a set of exercises.