One of the best ways to learn something is to share it, either through talking or writing. This revised edition of a classic resource explains how to help students in grades 7 to 12 write more coherently about what they have learned. The approach used in this book will not only improve students' writing but also their understanding and enjoyment of science.
The authors describe step-by-step methods to encourage students to write about science. It's a how-to manual with numerous examples of student writing. I especially liked the advice that the teacher should write along with the students, to model directly how it should be done. Because students often come into a science course with a few negative attitudes about science, the book also offers activities for overcoming their resistance to learning.
A selected bibliography of additional resources about science writing and an interesting short article on science portfolio assessment are included.
The book supports efforts to promote writing across the curriculum and will be helpful in developing a student’s overall writing skills. Science teachers in middle school and high school will find this book very valuable.