Writing in Science Class

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K-12 Technical Literacy: Writing in Science Class

T. R. Girill
trgirill@acm.org
Technical Literacy Project

This project freely provides authentic cases, tools, and pedagogical techniques to help K-12 science teachers enrich student literacy skills so that students can write more effectively about STEM topics. All resources are NGSS/CTSS standards compatible and their development was originally supported by the Society for Technical Communication and the Computation Directorate and Education Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Available resources include:

  • Technical Writing in Science Class: The Handbook,
    a big-picture overview of the problems addressed and resources provided here, including links to all the other, specific material. [link]
  • Technical Writing Explained [link]
  • K-12 Writing-Relevant Standards [link]
  • Technical Writing as Text Engineering [link]
  • Nonfiction Text Usability [link]
  • Cognitive Apprenticeship for Literacy Instruction [link]
  • Supporting ESL Student Writers [link]
  • Good Instruction Guidelines–A Checklist [link]
  • Good Description Guidelines–a Checklist [link]
  • Taking Science Notes Effectively–
    Resources,
    Checklist,
    Analysis
  • Effective Science Abstracts–
    Checklist,
    Analysis
  • Technical Talks–
    Checklist,
    Analysis
  • Science Posters [link]

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