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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


We'll look at two kinds of essay in this set:

  • A literature essay makes a case for a position by compiling a set of reasons which support that view
  • An argumentative essay argues for a position by offering supporting reasons, anticipating objections someone might make and rebutting those objections

Rationale has essay planning templates of both these kinds.


The essay planning tool is easy to use.  You follow these steps:

Step 1Within the Building Panel choose the "Templates" pane,

Step 2.  Select an essay planning template, drag and drop it onto the workspace

Step 3.  The essay is automatically generated in the Essay Preview pane of the Text Panel

Step 4.  Save (export) your essay plan in Word or other word processing software. The exported document has additional guidance on how to flesh out an essay.

Try this now for yourself, using one of the 'filled in' examples



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