Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit for more details.

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 narrating and persuading; 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


Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Completing “Writing Science- Persuasive texts and narratives in science” before 4th February 2022 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 3 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW curriculum addressing standard descriptors  2.5.2, 5.3.2, 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Course curriculum

  • 1

    Engaging in Writing

    • Introduction

    • Writing in the Subject Specialist Classroom

    • Persuasive Writing Task: Liver Transplants

    • Why Write Persuasively in Science?

  • 2

    Language and Knowledge

    • Language and Knowledge

    • What are Genres?

    • Identify the Genre

  • 3

    Persuasive Texts in Science

    • Texts that Instruct in Science

    • Texts that Instruct in Science

    • Persuasive Texts in Science

  • 4

    Some Useful Grammar

    • What is Modality?

    • Modality in Chemistry

    • Nominalisation

    • Nominalisation Example

    • Nominalisation Example Solution

    • Conjunctions

  • 5

    Analysis of student writing

    • Liver Transplants - SOLO Analysis

    • Liver Transplants (SOLO - Short Version)

    • SOLO Cycle Analysis of Student Writing - Liver Transplants

  • 6

    The ALARM Matrix

    • The ALARM Matrix

    • A Year 10 Research Writing Task

    • Analysis of Student Writing - Cloning?

  • 7

    Historical Narratives

    • Historical Narratives in Science

    • Historical Narrative in Science

    • Student Writing: Evaluate the Contribution of Isaac Newton to our Understanding of the Universe

  • 8


    • Resources

  • 9


    • Reflection

  • 10

    Course Feedback

    • Course feedback

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