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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 4

1. Create an Analysis map that reveals the assumption in this argument:

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) News ought to cover sport, as sport is an Australian obsession

Drag and drop sections of the above text onto the workspace to proceed.  This works with any version of Rationale.


  • Drag the relevant portions of the text onto the workspace to make claim boxes

  • Remember to refine the claims according to the rules you learnt back in Set 3

  • You have two choices:
    • Either connect the boxes first, then select 'Analysis' in the 'Change' section of the ribbon pane (all lower level items automatically convert to reasons - if you wanted objections instead, you'd then need to use the 'Box' button)
    • Or use the 'Box' button to turn the main claim green to show it is a reason, then use the 'Analysis' button to turn it into an analysis box, then connect up your map.
  • Add a new claim box to show the hidden assumption: make sure you drag this into the existing reason area

  • Work out what belongs in this new claim box by looking for key words that appear in the position and the main claim, but not in both

2. Check your work against the model.



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