Reading, Writing, and Speaking in Science
This course examines the use of non-fiction text and student notebooks in the K-12 science classroom. Participants will explore online resources for identifying quality science trade books, learn how to engage students in claims-based writing and speaking in science, and will create science lessons that address ELA Common Core Standards.
A course that focuses on reading, writing, and speaking in science can meet the needs of both the generalist and the specialist because (a) elementary teachers are often more comfortable with the teaching of language arts than they are with teaching science, and (b) content area specialists who are well-versed in teaching science often lack a background in the use of ELA strategies. This is a critical time for all teachers of science to become proficient with integrating ELA Common Core Standards into their science lessons due to the emphasis that the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) place on the ELA Common Core Standards. The NGSS consist of three-dimensional standards that consist of disciplinary core ideas, practices, and crosscutting concepts. The disciplinary core ideas outlined in the NGSS contain explicit connections to the Common Core Standards. Among the practices are constructing explanations, engaging in argument from evidence, and obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information.