Writing in Science

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Writing in Science
WCPSS - TLC   ::   Oklahoma   ::    Science!
February 4th, 2015
Written by: Heather, Cliff, Dalila, and Abbey
Why is writing important in science???
The average science course requires a student to learn the same number of new vocabulary words he or she would learn in a foreign-language course (1). Scientific writing allows students to express ideas and put them out there to be criticized by other scientists (students). We need to teach them how to translate complex news and research into lay language as well as how to write to inform, not impress (3, 4).
What are mentor texts?
Students should be reading "persuasive arguments, exploratory pieces, and captivating narratives." We learn and grow as writers by emulating other writers from that specific discipline.
Interesting Tidbit
When composing the aerial fight scenes in the Star Wars movies, George Lucas and his special effects team viewed old World War II dog fight footage for ideas.
Writing Strategies
Writing Strategies for Science Students (ppt)
Video for Students!
How DO we write like scientists? Here are some grammatical tips to make verbose text more concise.
WCPSS - TLC 2015
Literacy Lessons in Science (ASCD website)
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2. Making the Most of Mentor Texts
1. Turning STEM into STREAM (article)
3. Careers in Science Writing
4. Communication for Sciences