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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: 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 2

1. Write an essay of at least five paragraphs with the following features:

  • It should pose a question at the end of the first paragraph (that paragraph's Landmark Sentence) which will serve as the Pointer Section for the essay.
  • The remainder of the essay will consider the question introduced above.
  • The Landmark Sentence of the final paragraph will provide the answer to the question.

The easiest way to accomplish the above is to argue some claim (e.g. "Indian science should focus on affordable projects") which is first posed as an explicit or implicit question as the final sentence of paragraph 1 (e.g. "Some scientists have suggested that in India we should focus on affordable projects").

2. Underline the Landmark Sentence of each paragraph, and if you have used any Pointer Sentences, underline those as well.