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OVERVIEW: The way to well-written science

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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 6

1. Drag this map onto your workspace and evaluate it working from the bottom to top.

Capital punishment

Drag this image onto the workspace to proceed.  You must be using the inbuilt browser in Rationale 1.3 or later.


  • First evaluate the basis box: Is this a reliable source of information?
  • Then evaluate the lower level reason: How much confidence do you have in it, given your assessment of its basis? If the basis is good, go on to ask yourself whether the reason is relevant to that above, and what degree of support it gives that reason.
  • Now evaluate the upper level reason: what confidence do you have in it, given your assessment of its supporting reason?  If this reason is well supported, ask yourself whether it is relevant to the position, and how much support it provides that position.
  • Finally evaluate the position: What confidence do you have in it, given the degree of support the upper level reason provides?
  • Make sure you've put evaluation icons in each box

Check your work against the model.



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