The Science Of Scientific Writing    Set A      Intro to Paragraphs   Features of Maps  Examples of Maps   Exercise 1 Quiz     Diverse Organising Principles    Example Exercise for Exercises 2-4     Exercise 2    Exercise 3    Exercise 4  Adding Non-core Content   Exercise 5     Exercise 6     Exercise 7    *Exercise 8*    Final Page.

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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: Paragraph Coherence and Cohesion

SET D: Sentences

SET E: Scientific Sections (including Methods)

SET F: Scientific Sections: The Discussion

SET G : Scientific Sections: The Introduction

SET H : The Paper as a Whole

Exercise 5

Exercises 5-7 are similar to Exercises 2-4, but the maps may contain non-core content. Also, you will add in additional non-core content to the map below.

1. Drag the image of the sentences below onto the Rationale Workspace, and then rearrange the individual sentences into a nested diagram.


2. Determine the main type of discourse used in this map, and make a note of this on the Rationale workspace.

  • Description/Report
  • Argument
  • Explanation


3. If there are any boxes that contain content that is non-core (that is of a type different from the main discourse mode) change its Rationale box-type to a yellow "Note" (as in this map).

4. Now, in Rationale, add in at least one extra box of content that is of a type different from the main discourse mode (i.e. non-core). Create it as a yellow Rationale Note.