Partners in Crime: Integrating Forensic Science and Writingby: Erik Hein

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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 community. The partnerships in the community range from various areas of the police department to the assistant district attorney. Students who take part in the project delve into forensic science by participating in such activities as mock crime scenes, and writing depositions which incorporate inquiry learning and formal writing skills, which play an important role in the investigation process.

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  • on Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:29 AM

With the upcoming emphasis on a literature connection to science this article is very timely. It gives ideas of how to integrate writing into science through forensics. It also gives some activity ideas and resources.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:14 AM

With the aid of a grant, students write about process in forensic science. They perform simple procedures such as fiber analysis, fingerprinting, and more. A detective, a forensic scientist, and a lawyer are invited into the classroom to explain the link between science and writing from a real world application. This community involvement can culminate with a mock trial. Students improve their writing as well as learning science and making a connection to the community. This is a win-win situation.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Thu May 12, 2011 8:59 PM

CSI has fostered student interest in Forensic Science. The author describes the project thoroughly in the article and reiterates you don’t have to do all of the activities mentioned in order to be successful. You can do any or all and still have a great experience for your students. Activities include fingerprints, hair and fiber analysis. There are lots of community partners that can be a part of this lab as well. Everyone from the District Attorney, to a detective, and a crime lab specialist. The investigation is rich with writing and the application of Science. There are some good suggestions for incorporating the Language Arts teachers into the lab. There is a list of resources used, one that should be added is CSI: Web Adventures.

Sandra Gady  (Renton, WA)
Sandra Gady (Renton, WA)

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