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
David L. Rogers is Emeritus Senior Fellow at Kingston University, London, having previously been Head of the School of Humanities at Kingston and Director of the Kingston Writing School. Having earned his PhD in American Literature at Rutgers University, he taught English and American literature, essay writing, composition and grammar, rhetoric, creative writing and journalism in universities in the US and the UK before retiring from Kingston in 2018 after twenty-five years there. He now runs the annual Athens International Creative Writing Summer School in partnership with the British Council.


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.

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Rogers, David. The Content Stage. Writing Better Essays - A Simple Rhetorical Guide to Process, Structure, and Coherence (second edition). Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Jan 2023. ISBN 9781781798348. Date accessed: 13 May 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36965. Jan 2023

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