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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 3


In Exercise 3 you will "construct" a landmark-final argument map, then a paragraph, from a set of supplied sentences

First you must decide which sentence/s, if any, represent:

  • A pointer sentence
  • A paragraph-concluding landmark sentence
  • Introductory sentence/s (i.e. non-core sentences belonging to the Frame of Reference section)

Then arrange those sentences in a landmark-final map as per the previously suggested format (see here).



1. Drag the image of the seven sentences below onto the Rationale Workspace, and then rearrange the individual sentences as per the above instructions. For the dragging to work, you must be viewing this page using Rationale's inline browser.

2. Then use the map as the basis for a landmark-final paragraph. After you have copied the sentences from the map boxes, make sure to edit the text so that it reads smoothly.



3. Check your work against the model. If your map or paragraph differs from the model, try to understand why, and if you can't ask for assistance (if available). If you are submitting your work for feedback by an instructor, don't change your answer to fit the model. Your initial attempt at the exercise is more informative and will help the instructor to guide you. The model is meant to help you with future exercises.

NB: The model answer will open in a new window. Close the window when you're finished.