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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

Block 1

Each of the four arguments below does not conform to one or more of the following rules:

  • The Binary Rule
  • The Rabbit (or Reverse Rabbit) Rule
  • The Holding Hands Rule

Drag each map to the workspace, and rework it such that:

  • it meets all the requirements of all the rules
  • it has (at least) the generic three-part structure (claim +[reason +assumption])
  • any additional reason that doesn't fit into the three-part structure is added in as a separate reason.




Check your answers against the model answers.


Block 2

  • Compose your own argument map, of sufficient complexity to generate a paragraph of at least 6-8 sentences.
  • For every reason or objection there should be an accompanying ASSUMPTION.
  • Each three-part set (Claim + {reason + assumption}) must meet the requirements of:
    • The Binary Rule
    • The Rabbit (or Reverse Rabbit) Rule
    • The Holding Hands Rule
  • Once the map is complete, write it up as a position-final paragraph



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