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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 5 - Rationale's Essay Planner

Rationale™ has an inbuilt essay planner - or generator.  This tool can help you learn some very elementary writing strategies.

The essay planner gives each item box (reason/claim/objection) equal weight when it generates text. In later weeks, we will learn how to evaluate the various sub-sections of a map, and we will assign each box a value that indicate its argumentative strength. When we come to write up texts later in the course, we will use these indices of relative argumentative strength as guides to how much we will emphasise any given sub-section.

The essay generator will NOT create text suitable for publication, but it WILL help you to understand the more sophisticated map-to-text strategies we employ later in the course.

Skills and key concepts



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