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That a relatively small piece of writing such as Albert Einstein's three-page paper of relativity could be so important certainly illustrates the significance of writing to science. A science class is not complete unless it helps students learn to think like scientists, and writing is an essential part of such thinking. This chapter enumerates fourteen writing strategies that will encourage critical thinking skills and provide legitimate, purposeful writing practice by promoting solid science learning and review. This sample chapter also includes the Table of Contents, Introduction, and Index.
Finding something that actually “motivates students to become actively involved in the learning process” is often a teacher’s needle in a haystack. Whether one teaches science or the language arts, this chapter is worth examining to get the creative juices stirred up. The authors have definitely put some thought into building 14 writing assignments that integrate the scientific approach while refining the students’ ability to write in authentic ways. By allowing practice at communicating scientifically the student that leans more toward liking science learns to be more confident in their own ability to write, while the student that leans more toward liking the language arts learns to appreciate their ability to think like a scientist. The end result should be a win-win situation for students and instructors of both disciplines.
I absolutely LOVE this book. It is full of great ideas for integrating writing into the science classroom. Some of the ideas made me look at writing in science a new way. I have loved using Haikus as a means of teaching observations. The Haikus have lead to using different forms of poetry to write about science. This is a great book for all teachers, and is very user friendly!
Molly Murador-Cobb (Aledo, TX)
After reading the 14 writing activity examples and looking at the index and table of contents, I plan to purchase this book. So many ideas that I have never seen before. Can't wait to read the rest!
Emily Keeter (Northbrook, IL)