By: Bob Tierney and John Dorroh
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How to... Write to Learn Science, Second Edition
|Type of Product:||NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable PDF version of this book)
based on 4 reviews
|Publication Title:||How to... Series
|Grade Level:||Middle School, High School
|Read Inside:||Read a sample chapter: The First Week
Our reviewers—top-flight teachers and other outstanding science educators—have determined that this resource is among the best available supplements for science teaching.
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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.”
Ideas For Use
How to… Write to Learn Science focuses on building trust and tapping students’ creativity, allowing them to express science concepts in their own words instead of memorizing them from a textbook. The book also offers options for managing writing evaluations without becoming swamped with paperwork. Newly updated and expanded with a section on portfolio assessment, this NSTA best seller is a storehouse of ideas and examples that will release the reluctant scientists (and writers) in your classroom.
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Scientific habits of mind
|Intended User Role:||Curriculum Supervisor, High-School Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Achievement, Assessment of students, Classroom management, Curriculum, Educational research, Equity, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Interdisciplinary, Learning theory, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
Teaching and Writing: Similar Endeavors
The First Week
Varying the Audience
Elements of a Learning Unit
The Reading-Writing Connection
Lab Report Writing
Open-Ended, Critical-Thinking Exercises
Student Research Papers
Managing the Paperwork Load
Alleviating Parental Concerns
Wrapping Up a Unit
How Science Portfolio Assessment Can Improve Student Writing
By John Dorroh
About the Authors
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National Standards Correlation
This resource has 10 correlations with the National Standards.
- Science as Inquiry
- Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
- Communicate investigations and explanations.
- Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data.
- Think critically and logically to make the relationships between evidence and explanations.
- Understandings about scientific inquiry
- Scientists develop explanations using observations (evidence) and what they already know about the world (scientific knowledge). Good explanations are based on evidence from investigations. (K-4)
- Content Standards
- Prepares educators to understand and appreciate all students, create safe, orderly and supportive learning environments, and hold high expectations for their academic achievement. (NSDC)
- Teaching Standards
- Teachers of science plan an inquiry-based science program for their students.
- Select science content and adapt and design curricula to meet the interests, knowledge, understanding, abilities, and experiences of students.
- Select teaching and assessment strategies that support the development of student understanding and nurture a community of science learners.
- Teachers of science guide and facilitate learning. In doing this, teachers
- Encourage and model the skills of scientific inquiry, as well as the curiosity, openness to new ideas and data, and skepticism that characterize science.
- Focus and support inquiries while interacting with students.
- Teachers of science engage in ongoing assessment of their teaching and of student learning.
- Use multiple methods and systematically gather data about student understanding and ability.
||Reviewed by: Joe (Saint Louis, MO) on July 15, 2008
||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.
||Super-Comprehensive Science/Literacy Resource
||Reviewed by: Pat B (Madison, OH) on November 4, 2007
||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.
||Science and Writing -- the Perfect Couple!
||Reviewed by: Pat B (Madison, OH) on November 4, 2007
||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."
||Reviewed by: Bonnie Keller (Richmond, VA) on November 1, 2007
||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.
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