Cohesion strategies and genre in expository prose

Helen R. Abadiano
1995 Pragmatics: Quarterly Publication of the International Pragmatics Association  
In most societies the ability to write has become a significant criterion in judging one's "success or "failure" in becoming literate. This paper focuses on the classroom literacy practice called "writing," inasmuch as learning to write in a specific kind of way is part and parcel of children's literacy learning expectations. It is based on a study which examined cohesion patterns found in expository writing samples of sixth grade urban African American, urban Appalachian, and mainstream
more » ... d mainstream culture children attending a middle school in a large midwestern urban school system in the United States. This paper challenges the prevailing notion that ethnicity, social class and language variation influence the quality of writing these children produce.
doi:10.1075/prag.5.3.02aba fatcat:wcaixfcbtrelhimfyjlpigsmru