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Reading and Writing in Science : Tools to Develop Disciplinary Literacy - Maria C. Grant

Reading and Writing in Science

Tools to Develop Disciplinary Literacy

Paperback Published: 7th April 2015
ISBN: 9781483345680
Number Of Pages: 192

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 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
  •  Tips for high-stakes test preparation

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"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

"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
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

Introduction 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 Topical 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 Next Generation Science Standards Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts Features that Make Texts Complex Teaching Students to Read Science Texts Collaborative Conversations Support Learning and Sharing Scientific Language and Concepts The Connect 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 to Write 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 Specific Students' Needs Creating Science Assessments Final Thoughts About Assessment

ISBN: 9781483345680
ISBN-10: 1483345688
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 7th April 2015
Publisher: CORWIN PR INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.89 x 17.53  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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Douglas B. Fisher

About the Author

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. He is the recipient of an IRA Celebrate Literacy Award, NCTE’s Farmer Award for Excellence in Writing, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.

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