Features of a Discussion Text

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					                Features of a Discussion Text                                     Features of a Discussion Text

Purpose:                                                          Purpose:
To present argument and information from differing viewpoints.    To present argument and information from differing viewpoints.

Structure:                                                        Structure:
· Statement of the issue plus a preview of the main arguments     · Statement of the issue plus a preview of the main arguments
· Arguments for plus supporting evidence                          · Arguments for plus supporting evidence
· Arguments against plus supporting evidence                      · Arguments against plus supporting evidence
· Recommendation – summary and conclusion                         · Recommendation – summary and conclusion

Language Features:                                                Language Features:
· Simple present tense                                            · Simple present tense
· Generic participants – people; scientists; smokers              · Generic participants – people; scientists; smokers
· Logical connectives; therefore, however                         · Logical connectives; therefore, however
· Moving from the general to the specific – humans agree…., Mr.   · Moving from the general to the specific – humans agree…., Mr.
   Smith, who has hunted for many years                              Smith, who has hunted for many years
· Emotive language                                                · Emotive language

Writer’s Knowledge:                                               Writer’s Knowledge:
· Title as a question                                             · Title as a question
· Introduce reader to the argument and why you are debating       · Introduce reader to the argument and why you are debating
  the issue                                                         the issue
· To see argument from both sides                                 · To see argument from both sides

				
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