Science cannot advance if scientists are unable to communicate their findings clearly and persuasively. (A Framework for K-12 Science Education)
When you think back on science in high school, there were probably lots of hands-on experiments. Probably just as many lectures to teach you about the theories and laws of science. But, how many times did you write about science? "Well, that's for the English Language Arts teachers to worry about." Not anymore.
The Common Core State Standards (or as Arizona calls them "Arizona's College and Career Readiness Standards"), specifically state that writing and reading is now the job of all content teachers. "The Standards insist that instruction in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language be a shared responsibility within the school."
The percentage of nonfiction text increases as students move up the grades
as well as the percentage of nonfiction writing projects.
Our STEM Curriculum Developers have looked extensively at the Model Content Frameworks to embed writing into the STEM units.
Common Core asks students to "write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences" in Anchor Standard 10. We have embedded
|Journal page for 2nd graders with sentence stems|
|Writing activity after Close Reading of text|
|Students write in an online forum and comment on peer's threads|
|Digital Poster for final project|
|Website with digital media for final project|
Our STEM Curriculum Team actively seeks the input of our teachers. As we look to future STEM projects, what writing projects would you like to see?