The Science Of Scientific Writing    Set C     Paragraphs with something extra: points and tails    Paragraphs that end with a bang!   Using maps to write Point-final paragraphs  Exercise 1   Exercise 2    Exercise 3   Further ideas on Point-final paragraphs   Exercise 4     Paragraphs that are short, or have a tail     Final Page.

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OVERVIEW: The way to well-written science

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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*

From within your field of interest, find two research papers in which:

  • the main research question is stated in the last (or second last) sentence of a paragraph of the Introduction
  • the text of the paper can be copied and pasted

* Paste the paragraphs in the Rationale Scratchpad, or on the Workspace, and provide URL's for the papers (or email copies to the instructor).

* In the Rationale workspace make a note of how many papers you had to examine before you found two that had the Point-final format -do not include any papers rejected because the text could not be copy-pasted.

* Rate the readability of the Point-final paragraph in each paper (0-10)

* Make a note of whether either or both of the paragraphs have a Framing Sentence.

* If one or both do not, write up a suitable Framing Sentence.


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