The Science Of Scientific Writing    Set 6     Set 6-Basis boxes Second pageThird pageExampleExercise 1Exercise 2Exercise 3Exercise 4-Quiz 1Fourth page Exercise 5-Quiz 2Writing about EvidenceExercise 6Arguments and Explanations Final page Set 6.

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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

Exercise 6

The map below represents the argumentative backbone of a paper that YOU are writing on some reseach YOU have just completed.

YOUR own current findings are found in boxes marked CURR. Previous findings, and the papers they are reported or reviewed in, are marked PREV.

(Note: as mentioned previously, one weakness of Rationale for composing scientific argument maps is that we cannot really use the basis boxes. Currently the program doesn't allow one basis box to be used as evidence for or against another - i.e. you cant add one basis box below an existing one. Because of this, the map below does not place its evidence into basis boxes. Nevertheless it should be clear on the map when evidence is being referred to).

What you need to do

  • Write up this argument as a one paragraph summary of the work described in the map. Make sure that when you refer to CURRENT work that you do so in a way that makes it clear that YOU did the work.
  • The paragraph should be in position-final format, with the top claim being the position statement.
  • Use the position-final paragraphs from the previous page (Writing about evidence) as a guide to ensure that your own findings have due prominence.




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