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OVERVIEW: The way to well-written science

How to do the Course


PART I: Paragraphs and Sentences...

SET 1: The Parts of Arguments

SET 2: Indicator Words

SET 3: Refining Claims

SET 4: Locating Arguments in Prose

SET 5: Rationale's Essay Planner

SET 6: Assessing

SET 7 : More on Assessing


Exercise 4

1. Make a Rationale Reasoning map of the following argument:

You should immunize your child, since immunization stops the spread of disease, however immunization carries the risk of serious side effects in some children.

Drag and drop sections of the above text onto the workspace to proceed.  This works with any version of Rationale.



  • There are TWO indicator words to identify here
  • Work out what kind of indicators they are: is what follows each a reason, objection, or position?
  • Put the claims in appropriately colored boxes
  • Work out how to arrange the boxes into a map: ask yourself which claim a reason provides evidence for, and which claim an objection undermines

2. Check your work against the model.





Content of this page drawn in whole or part from the Austhink Rationale Exercises with permission from Austhink .