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The Organizational Structure, Development Features, and Metadiscoursal Elements in the Expository Writing of College Freshman Students
L. L. Largavista
University of St. La Salle, Philippines
This article generally seeks to examine the organizational structure and development features of the essays at both macrostructural and microstructural discourse levels. The different frameworks used to analyze the essays include Toulmin’s ( 1984) model for argument structure, Olson’s ( 2003) three-part essay structure; Halliday and Matthiesen (2004) in Herriman (2011) notions of thematic structure and Danes (1974) thematic progression or method of development. Findings revealed that students’ expository essays observe a three-part structure having all three moves, the Introduction, the Body and the Conclusion. Stance assertion, stance support and emerging moves/strategies are found in the essays.