Think of yourself as a member of a jury, listening to a lawyer who is presenting an opening argument. You'll want to know very soon whether the lawyer believes the accused to be guilty or not guilty, and how the lawyer plans to convince you. Readers of academic essays are like jury members: before they have read too far, they want to know what the essay argues as well as how the writer plans.
ABSTRACT Title of dissertation: READING COMPREHENSION COMPONENT PROCESSES IN EARLY ADOLESCENCE Jennifer Grace Cromley, Doctor of Philosophy, 2005 Dissertation directed by: Assistant Professor Roger Azevedo Department of Human Development A significant proportion of American high school students struggle with reading comprehension. Several.