This is actually the write-up of a session we ran at King’s university London, with all the 3rd 12 months dissertation cohort in autumn 2016.
Abstract writing is just a extremely formulaic genre, however it’s additionally hard to get appropriate. You should be clear and concise, to obtain your thinking across without any hassle but entice a reader still to keep in! This workshop was designed to get you considering quality, about composing as a form of art, and regarding the narrative that is own voice the medium of abstract writing.
In this session we did three tasks, which are described below. You can certainly do some of those all on your own, but others will soon be better in pairs or teams.
Activity One: Ancient World Pictionary
With this task we found myself in pairs. One person was presented with the Herodotos estimate plus the other the Cicero estimate (below) – without seeing one other estimate. Under Pictionary guidelines ( e.g. no terms, no tips, no peeking) every person had ten full minutes to illustrate their estimate and also at the conclusion everybody tried to do you know what their partner’s example had been wanting to convey.
The purpose ended up being perhaps not attempting to imagine the precise estimate – it had been set up illustration made feeling after you knew exactly what the estimate ended up being! Clarity and brevity are very important to master both in your abstract writing as well as your wider scholastic writing. Learning what things to omit is simply as essential as learning what you ought to devote.
It can never be suitable when it comes to Athenians to prove traitors into the Greek individuals, with who we have been united in sharing the exact same kinship and language, with who we’ve founded shrines and conduct sacrifices into the gods together, along with who we additionally share exactly the same way of life. (Hdt. 8.144.2)
when you have a yard and a library, you have got everything required. (Cicero, Ad Familiares 9.4)
Task Two: Abstract of a Guide
The handout because of this activity is found below.
In this tiny group task, each team published an abstract of a novel these were acquainted with (it really is motivated you repeat this by having a non-academic guide, or at the very least a novel maybe not associated with your dissertation subject). […]