Composing Science: A Facilitator's Guide to Writing in the Science Classroom

Composing Science: A Facilitator's Guide to Writing in the Science Classroom

by ELLIOTT, Kim Jaxon


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Composing Science: A Facilitator's Guide to Writing in the Science Classroom by ELLIOTT, Kim Jaxon

Offering expertise in the teaching of writing (Kim Jaxon) and the teaching of science (Leslie Atkins Elliott and Irene Salter), this book will help instructors create classrooms in which students use writing to learn and think scientifically. The authors provide concrete approaches for engaging students in practices that mirror the work that writing plays in the development and dissemination of scientific ideas, as opposed to replicating the polished academic writing of research scientists. Addressing a range of genres that can help students deepen their scientific reasoning and inquiry, this text includes activities, guidelines, resources, and assessment suggestions. Composing Science is a valuable resource for university-level science faculty, science methods course instructors in teacher preparation programs, and secondary science teachers who have been asked to address the Common Core ELA Standards.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807758069
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 10/21/2016
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Tom Fox ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

Writing Instruction: Why English Faculty Alone Can't Teach Academic Writing 1

What Scientists Write 4

Students' Scientific Writing 5

How to Use This Book 6

The Structure of the Chapters 8

Mechanics and Grammar 10

Part I Writing to Learn: Informal Writing

1 Student Notebooks 13

Taken Up 17

Challenges 24

Feedback and Grading 26

Take-Home Messages 28

2 Creating and Sharing a Whiteboard 29

Taken Up 31

Challenges 35

Feedback and Grading 40

Take-Home Messages 41

3 Refining Diagrams 42

Taken Up 43

Challenges 52

Feedback and Grading 56

Take-Home Messages 58

4 Peer Review of Ongoing Work 59

Taken Up 62

Challenges 69

Feedback and Grading 70

Take-Home Messages 71

5 Reading Together 72

Taken Up 75

Challenges 81

Feedback and Grading 83

Take-Home Messages 85

6 Homework 86

Taken Up 87

Challenges 91

Feedback and Grading 92

Take-Home Messages 97

Part II Writing to Communicate: Formal Writing Strategies That Share, Critique, and Defend Scientific Ideas

7 Definitions 101

Taken Up 103

Challenges 112

Feedback and Grading 113

Take-Home Messages 113

8 Final Papers 115

Taken Up 118

Challenges 122

Feedback and Grading 123

Take-Home Messages 125

Part III Adaptations: Bringing Writing Strategies into Different Settings

9 Adaptations for Other Settings 129

Large-Enrollment Classes 130

Adaptations for Courses with Prescribed Content Goals 134

A Few Examples from Our Own Courses 135

Adaptations for K-12 136

Take-Home Messages 138

10 Addressing Content Standards in the ERA of NGSS and Common Core 139

NGSS: Scientific and Engineering Practices 140

Common Core: Anchor Standards 141

Final Considerations 149

References 151

Index 157

About the Authors 164

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