Some structures used in university writing

Now let us consider the shape of the work from a different angle by looking at some ways of organizing material into different kinds of structure that are commonly used in university writing. By 'structure' we mean both the way a piece of writing is organized and - more importantly - what work it is doing: its function in the assignment. We are particularly interested in how the structure constructs the relationships between different ideas. Here are examples of some structures commonly used in university writing, followed by an illustration of how they might be used for one assignment.

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