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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


The exercises in this set aren't about how to use the planner, but rather what we can learn from it - things to help us with writing, whether or not we're using Rationale.

We learn 3 main lessons from the essay planner:

  • Order your ideas logically to make your argument clear to others
  • Use signposting to tell your reader where you're going


  • Use indicator words to flag whether claims are positions, reasons, or objections

We'll learn more about each of these over this set of exercises.



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