Sun May 26, 2019 6:07 PM
This is a great approach to critiquing science in a meaningful way. The literature circles ensure that all students are involved and have a part to play, and it likely broadens their reading genres as well. Scientific vocabulary is bound to be present, and will be meaningful to students because they will have a story to connect those concepts to. As an avid reader, I would love to try this in my classroom. The possibilities are endless, as there is literature to be found on any subject!
Sun May 26, 2019 6:06 PM
This is a great approach to student engagement in authentic scientific topics! The art of controversy typically brings out emotions and opinions, regardless of the topic, and would likely intrigue students. Many scientific issues are challenged due to personal belief or lifestyle in the everyday world, but it is our duty to ensure students are forming an opinion based on facts, data and research so they can make informed decisions in all aspects of their lives. The stem cell debate is a great one, what other controversial topics do you have in mind for students of this age group?