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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 4

Here's a fun challenge.  Time travel is supposed to be possible in the Harry Potter books, and some fans have suggested that Dumbledore is really a future version of Ron Weasley.  Let's evaluate that argument:

1. Evaluate this Analysis map:

Drag this onto the workspace

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


  • Evaluate the map in this order:

  • When evaluating basis boxes ask yourself: What support does this basis provide for the claim above it?
  • When evaluating premises ask yourself: Is this true?
  • Make sure you evaluate all the premises in a reason or objection before evaluating the reason or objection itself.
  • When evaluating reasons or objections ask yourself: Given my assessment of the premises, should I accept this? Is it relevant to the claim above it?
  • Finally evaluate the position: what confidence do you have in this given your assessment of the reasons and objection bearing upon it?
  • Make sure you've put evaluation icons in all claim boxes, as well as coloring the body of reasons and objections

2. Check your work against the model.



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