Reviewed by Ruth Ruud
This book provides a comprehensive collection of writing strategies, lessons, and ideas that model what students should accomplish when writing in science. The reference book is a must for every science teacher’s bookshelf.
The collection of writings previously published in NSTA’s journals Science and Children and Science Scope are now available in one book. The writing strategies, lessons, and ideas are applicable for students in grades 1 through 8, including English language learners and learners with special needs. The editor organizes the articles in these main sections: Writing and Learning in Science, Classroom–Tested Lessons, and Approaches to Science Journals and Logs.
Each article contains references and resources to additional writing sources. This reviewer finds the wide variety of writing strategies and activities valuable for every teacher that is seeking additional methods for utilizing writing in science. The authors include student samples of various writing activities, examples of rubrics, prompts, student surveys, tables, and entries in journals and logs.
Articles included in the collection include reading and writing nonfiction with children, how to writing about science without plagiarizing, and how to write using trade books. The last section focuses on the use of science journals and learning logs to encourage students to write. Samples of rubrics and student entries for the journals and learning logs are included.
Review posted on 2/28/2012