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Interactive Rubric for Written Communication: 4.1. Section

This guide will help you understand common conventions of academic writing and the application of marking rubrics



Definition (formal)

Sections are parts of a piece of writing that are recognised by the overall function they serve in relation to the purpose of the writing.

Definition (informal)

Sections: What are its main parts?


For example, the Persuasive Essay Example has three recognisable sections including an introduction, body, and conclusion. The introduction presents the overall topic and thesis and indicates the structure of the essay.  The body presents the main ideas, evidence and arguments that support the thesis. And, the conclusion summarises the main ideas and reiterates the thesis.

Resources (textbook)

Refer to the textbook pages and sections to improve your knowledge and understanding of the criterion.

Resources (web)

Click on the link to access an online resource to improve your knowledge and understanding of the criterion.

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