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Reading and Writing in Science
Tools to Develop Disciplinary Literacy

Second Edition

Courses:
Science Methods

January 2015 | 192 pages | Corwin

 Engage your students in scientific thinking across disciplines!

 

Did you know that scientists spend more than half of their time reading and writing? Students who are science literate can analyze, present, and defend data – both orally and in writing.

 

The updated edition of this bestseller offers strategies to link the new science standards with literacy expectations and specific ideas you can put to work right away. Features include:

 

  •   A discussion of how to use science to develop essential 21st century skills
  •   Instructional routines that help students become better writers
  •   Useful strategies for  using complex scientific texts in the classroom
  •   Tools to monitor student progress through formative assessment

 

When students are curious, they thrive. Give your students the strong base they need to create and share scientific ideas that have an impact in the classroom and beyond.

“This is a teacher-friendly book that drew me in from the introduction to the end. Through real-life scenarios combined with useful methods for instruction, it illustrates how science teachers can use language as a tool for teaching science.”
-Trina Allen, Science Content Specialist
Measurement Incorporated

 

“An eminently readable guide for the novice and experienced teacher. The many practical ideas in this volume demonstrate that improving students’ skills in reading and writing can also improve their understanding and ability in science.”

Cary Sneider, Associate Research Professor

Portland State University, Portland, OR

 

 
Introduction
 
New to This Edition
 
About the Authors
 
1. Teaching Students to Think Like Scientists
How Well Are U.S. Students Doing in Science?  
What Foundations Do We Need to Have in Place?  
What Are the Features of Purposeful Science Instruction?  
What Do Real-World Scientists Do?  
 
2. Knowing and Using Scientific Language to Communicate Like a Scientist
Language Is the Foundation for Learning  
Using Language in Science  
Connecting the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards  
Next Generation Science Standards Support the Precision of Language Use  
Science Instruction  
Assess to Instruct: Developing Knowledge and Language  
Fostering Independent Word Learning in Science  
Word Play Promotes Increased Vocabulary Knowledge  
 
3. Reading Like a Scientist
Connecting the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards  
Features That Make Texts Complex  
Teaching Students to Read Science Texts  
Collaborative Conversations Support Learning and Sharing Scientific Language and Concepts  
The Connection Between Vocabulary and Reading Success  
Why Teach Reading in Science?  
 
4. Writing Like a Scientist
Connecting the Common Core State Writing Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards  
Writing Like a Scientist Is Different  
WebQuest: Collecting Data for Writing  
Writing Frames: Scaffolds for Scientific Writing  
Teaching Scientific Phrasing  
Writing Formats in Science  
Writing Well-Supported Arguments  
Why Learn to Write Like a Scientist?  
 
5. Assessing Student Learning in Science
The Purpose of Assessment in Science  
Using Assessment Information  
Identifying Literacy-Language Strengths and Needs  
Creating Science Assessments  
Final Thoughts About Assessment  
 
References
 
Index

“The authors of Reading and Writing in Science bring together expertise in Next Generation Science Standards, English language arts, and excellent teaching methods to produce an eminently readable guide for the novice and experienced teacher.

 

Teachers who wish to teach science while improving their students’ reading and writing skills will find a wealth of practical ideas in this volume.

 

The many practical ideas in this volume demonstrate that improving students’ skills in reading and writing can also improve their understanding and abilities in science.”

Cary Sneider, Associate Research Professor
Portland State University, Portland, OR

"Reading and Writing in Science is a teacher friendly book that drew me in from the introduction to the end. Through real life scenarios combined with useful methods for instruction, it illustrates how science teachers can use language as a tool for teaching science."

Trina Allen, Science Content Specialist
Measurement Incorporated

The real strength of the book is the almost equal weighting given to the four strands of literacy; oral, aural, reading and writing. This provides a useful prompt for the reader to go beyond the obvious when incorporating a greater literacy focus into their curriculum.

Kristy Turner
Education in Chemistry
Key features
  • Provides a handy collection of literacy strategies that are useful for science educators
  • Addresses several major concerns of science teachers—textbook levels, vocabulary development, and writing in the science classroom
  • Supports teachers as they prepare students for the science component of high-stakes tests
  • Written by a science educator for science teachers

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