Science Prose Workshop
Sponsored by HHMI 2000, Summer 2002
Writing: Helpful Hints
& Swan, 1990.**
Start paragraph with topic sentence that tells
what the paragraph will do.
In the paragraph, start each sentence with "old" information.
Avoid "this, those, these."
In each sentence, define new words. If a word has appeared
before, but not for a while, include a brief reminder.
Join separate clauses with helpful linking words such as
"but" and "therefore."
Conclude the sentence with the most
important new thought.
Use important concluding thought
of previous sentence to start the next sentence.
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how to write science.