The Science Of Scientific Writing    Set 3     Set 3-Refining claims ClaimsSeven rulesExercises 1-6Exercises 7-10Final Page Set 3.

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OVERVIEW: The way to well-written science

How to do the Course


PART I: Paragraphs and Sentences

SET A: Paragraphs: The Maps Behind Them

SET B: Paragraphs: Using Maps to Meet Readers' Expectations

SET C: Paragraphs with Something Extra: Points and Tails

SET D: The Generic Section: Expectations and Maps as Blueprints

SET E: Scientific Sections: The Methods and Results

SET F: Scientific Sections: The Discussion

SET G : Scientific Sections: The Introduction

SET H : Sentences

SET I : The Paper as a Whole



PART II: The Paper and its Sections


SET 1: Argument Parts

SET 2: Indicator Words

SET 3: Refining Claims

SET 4: Locating Arguments in Prose

SET 5: Rationale's Essay Planner

SET 6: Evidence in Arguments: Basis Boxes

SET 7: Assessing

SET 8: More on Assessing

SET 9: Analysis Maps

SET 10: Assessing Again

Synthesis 1: Position-Early Paragraphs

Synthesis 2: Position-Final Paragraphs

Synthesis 3: Writing a Discussion I

Synthesis 4: Writing a Discussion II

Set 3 - Refining claims

Many people don't write simply and clearly.  Some sentences are really just 'thought bites', some are full of waffle, and others are packed dense with ideas. Argument maps are supposed to make reasoning clear, so we don't want to put unclear text into them!

In this set you will learn how to 'clean up' text so your argument maps contain only clear, solid claims.

Skills and key concepts




Content of this page drawn in whole or part from the Austhink Rationale Exercises with permission from Austhink.