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General Description

Outside of the English classroom, Science provides the greatest opportunity for students to write. Writing has the capacity to facilitate the abstraction of concepts and promote high order critical thinking. The Science classroom provides excellent opportunities to improve literacy skills and in turn, improve overall student learning outcomes. This course focuses on the genres of describing and explaining; how to assess student writing from both a scientific and literacy point of view; and provides strategies on how help students write


Secondary science teachers 7-12

Primary teachers of science.


Teaching Standards

2.5.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Literacy and numeracy strategies:  Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement,

5.3.2 Proficient Level - Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning - Make consistent and comparable judgements:   Understand and participate in assessment moderation activities to support consistent and comparable judgements of student learning,

6.2.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage in professional learning and improve practice:   Participate in learning to update knowledge and practice targeted to professional needs and school and/or system priorities

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Engaging in writing

    • Introduction

    • Writing science

    • Hot air balloons

    • A pedagogy for writing

  • 2

    Analysis of student writing in science

    • Analysis of student writing in science

    • SOLO Intro.pdf

    • SOLO analysis of Hot air balloons

    • Hot air balloons

  • 3

    What do we value in science writing?

    • Texts that describe and explain

    • Conjunctions

    • Prepositions

  • 4

    Analysis of student writing - disappearing puddles

    • SOLO Task - Disappearing puddles

    • Disappearing puddles

  • 5

    Analysis of student writing - Archaeopteryx

    • Archaeopteryx task and marking guidelines

    • Analysis of student writing - Archaeopteryx

  • 6

    My writing task

    • My writing task share

  • 7


    • Resources

    • SOLO Task suggestions

  • 8


    • Reflection

  • 9

    Course Feedback

    • Course feedback

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