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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 2

1. Evaluate this Analysis map:


Drag this image onto the workspace to proceed.  You must be using the inbuilt browser in Rationale 1.3 or later.


  • First evaluate each of the premises. Ask yourself: Is this true? Should I accept it, reject it, or reserve judgment (Hmmm).
  • Click on each premise's claim box, go to the go to the 'Evaluate' section of the ribbon and click on your assessment
  • Then evaluate the whole objection.  Ask yourself: Does this objection undermine the position?
  • Finally evaluate the position: what confidence do you have in it, given your assessment of the objection?
  • If you rated the objection as 'Nil' stop and think carefully about what this means for the position. Do we have any evidence for making our minds up either way?
  • Make sure you've put evaluation icons in all boxes, as well as coloring the body of the objection itself

2. Check your work against the model.



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