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Writing to Learn Science Middle School

 
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14 Writing Strategies

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Summary: That a relatively small piece of writing such as Albert Einstein's three-page paper of relativity could be so important certainly illustrates the significance of writing to science. A science class is not complete unless it helps students learn to think...

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Capitalizing on Literacy Connections

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Summary: Literacy is a critical component of science inquiry, but educators often need help incorporating literacy skills in school science programs. The authors describe a five-session professional development institute that first engages inservice teachers in...

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Comments on Students’ Writing

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Summary: As science teachers, we must provide feedback on both the science content and quality of writing demonstrated in their assignments. Unfortunately, our schedules do not always allow us to hold individual writing conferences or ask for extensive rewrites...

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Creative Writing and the Water Cycle

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Summary: Creative writing provides one strategy for helping students combine their powers of imagination with their arsenal of knowledge. Teachers also can use creative writing exercises to assess student understanding of science content. Use the story, “The Life...

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Dissect Your Squid and Eat It Too!

Type: Journal Article

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Summary: Studying an organism that lives in the ocean lends itself to many multidisciplinary studies, such as writing poetry about sea creatures, graphing fish harvests, and learning about cultures that depend heavily on the sea. As part of a study about coral...

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Ecosystem Journalism

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Summary: Third-grade students display their understanding of life science concepts by creating an imaginative newspaper. This creative writing project engages students in researching, writing, and editing a newspaper based on a prairie ecosystem.

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Getting Past "Just Because": Teaching Writing in Science Class

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Summary: Over the past two years this seventh-grade team of teachers has taught writing across the curriculum, used common terminology, and assessed writing using a shared rubric, providing students with a basic writing structure that helps support writing across...

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Helping Students Write About Science Without Plagiarizing

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Summary: Most students don't plagiarize just because they are lazy. Most of them simply do not know how to write about science. As teachers, we can use planning strategies to help make some of the process of writing automatic, which frees working memory to focus...

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Keeping Science Current

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Summary: A current events journal keeps students involved with the latest scientific news and helps develop their writing and analytical skills. Every week, students select a science article, summarize the article in their journals, and define new vocabulary....

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Kinesthetic Writing, of Sorts

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Summary: The ability to clearly communicate what was learned as the result of an experiment is a key component of science in general, not just science in the middle school classroom. The trick in the middle school classroom is teaching students how to write while...

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Learning to Write and Writing to Learn in Science: Refutational Texts and Analytical Rubrics

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Summary: Most middle school science teachers are familiar with the idea of reading and writing across the curriculum. We, as science teachers, understand that our students need time, practice, and lots of encouragement in order to learn how to read and write well....

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Making Thinking Visible

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Summary: Writing, in conjunction with other activities such as reading and hands-on experiences, contributes to greater critical thinking, thoughtful consideration of ideas, and better concept learning. This article discusses a comprehensive approach toward science...

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Partners in Crime: Integrating Forensic Science and Writing

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Summary: Partners is Crime is a project-based initiative, funded by various sources, including the Toyota Tapestry grant, which strives to keep education interesting while closing the achievement gap through collaborations with other teachers and members of the...

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Science Sampler: Successful lab reports through model analysis

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Summary: Despite your best efforts, are the majority of your middle school students unable to write detailed, complete lab reports? If your answer is a resounding “yes,” try implementing Model Analysis into your science curriculum. This strategy effectively engages...

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Science the "Write" Way

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Summary: Learning to write well is a long process that comes through teacher modeling, instruction, practice, and feedback. Luckily, the writing process can be used to improve science learning too. This article describes how nonfiction writing activities help...

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Tech Trek: Wordsmiths on the web

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Summary: Based on authors Bob Tierney and John Dorroh's practical suggestions for promoting student writing and the learning of science, this column highlights a variety of websites that involve students in similar activities designed to help them become better...

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The First Week

Type: Book Chapter

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Summary: During the first week of class, strive to create an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. This gives the students a chance to get to know you as a person, and you will also get to know them in the process. A key challenge is to make students feel comfortable...

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The Moon Project

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Summary: What do Australia, Alaska, Qatar, Indiana, and Ohio all have in common? Similar climates? Population numbers? No, the authentic writing More Observations of Nature (MOON) Project! In this unique project, teachers from these disparate geographic locations...

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Tried and True: Write it, do it

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Summary: Effective writing is a keystone in the process of developing scientific knowledge. Scientists must be able to successfully communicate their findings so colleagues can confirm the authenticity of their claims through the replication of experiments. Students...

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Using Web Logs in the Science Classroom

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Summary: As educators we must ask ourselves if we are meeting the needs of today’s students. The science world is adapting to our ever-changing society; are the methodology and philosophy of our educational system keeping up? In this article, you’ll learn why...

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Writing for Science

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Summary: Writing, as we all know, is an integral part of any discipline. And, because of the important role that writing up lab reports and research plays in the field of science, you must help your students work on writing throughout the year. This chapter...

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Writing Through Inquiry

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Summary: The inquiry science process provides a perfect opportunity for students to practice relational meaning in language. As students design their experiments, negotiate their ideas with peers, and share their data and conclusions, they sharpen both their reading...

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Writing to Learn

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Summary: By using the writing process to explore science, students and teachers can find new ways of clarifying, revising, and consolidating knowledge. To achieve this goal, try using The Writing in Science Wheel activity described in this article. The Writing...