How to... Write to Learn Science, Second Edition

NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable pdf version of this book)

Make science an exhilarating process of discovery! Through a wealth of creative write-to-learn strategies, this book offers inspiring techniques to coax out the reluctant scientists in your classroom. Newly updated and expanded, this NSTA best seller is a storehouse of practical ideas and examples for use with students at all ability levels. It provides classroom-tested writing activities that you can:

• Introduce during the first week of class to build positive attitudes among students toward the subject of science, and toward you;
• Use at different stages in a learning unit and for quick review; and
• Adapt to help students write for different audiences, write to better understand the textbook, and write lab reports, research papers, and essay tests.

Added to this edition is a special section, “How Science Portfolio Assessment Can Improve Student Writing,” that describes ways portfolios help students focus on their work throughout the year, document science concepts they’ve mastered—or not—and serve as powerful assessment tools. There are many books about writing to learn, most authored by education or English professors who focus on theories of writing. This book is different—it’s full of classroom-tested, pragmatic approaches from high school science teachers who used the ideas to make teaching and learning more creative endeavors. The authors put their own good advice to work, writing in an appealing, personal style to convey teaching concepts and learning goals. As Bob Tierney says, expressive writing is “a vehicle for the exhilaration of discovery.”

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  • on Sun Nov 04, 2007 8:06 PM

This is a definitive and comprehensive resource for the most up-to-date, best- practice teaching ideas dealing with science and literacy. It is perfect for educators who need to justify the integration of science and literacy with scientifcally based research. Examples of student work and classroom-ready teacher pages make it practical and useful for teachers of K-8th grade.

Pat B  (Madison, OH)
Pat B (Madison, OH)

  • on Thu Nov 01, 2007 8:50 AM

This book shows not only how to use writing effectively in the science classroom, but also the author's reason and passion behind his views. Suggestions for writing in the science classroom are offered, along with the rationale.

Bonnie Keller  (Richmond, VA)
Bonnie Keller (Richmond, VA)

  • on Sun Nov 04, 2007 7:46 PM

This no-nonsense guide to using writing in the science classroom gives countless tips that can be used from day one of the school year. Suggestions can be modified for many grade levels, and will help students think through problems as they put their ideas on paper. A related topic that I would love to see NSTA focus upon is nature journaling as a classroom took, as demonstrated so beautifully by Clare Walker Leslie in "Keeping a Nature Journal."

Pat B  (Madison, OH)
Pat B (Madison, OH)

  • on Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:40 PM

this book gave me a few ideas on how to introduce writing into my classroom in the beginning of the year. I plan to make my class more writing intensive next year. It also reminded me about the I search paper. these are easy to complete for students and less stressful. perhaps I can include a paper or two throughout the year as well.

Joe  (Saint Louis, MO)
Joe (Saint Louis, MO)

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