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Reading, Writing, and Inquiry in the Science Classroom, Grades 6-12

Reading, Writing, and Inquiry in the Science Classroom, Grades 6-12
Strategies to Improve Content Learning

First Edition

November 2008 | 136 pages | Corwin
This resource provides background information about reading and writing pedagogy, science standards, adolescent and young adult literature, and lesson designs. The book contains theory and practical applications. Sample lesson plans are included as models for teachers to adapt to meet their own individual classroom needs. Written by a professor of science methods and an educational consultant who specializes in secondary methods and literacy, this bookáoffers graphic organizers, diagrams, and templates that promote literacy within any secondary science curriculum. The authors also discuss using technology in the classroom and meeting the needs of all students in an inclusive setting.
List of Figures
About the Authors
1. Constructing a Scientifically Literate Society
What Is Science?

What Is Scientific Literacy?

How Do We Reach Scientific Literacy?

Classroom Strategies


Inquiry Teaching Models

5E Lesson Design

Generative Learning Model

Assessing Inquiry



2. Textbooks in the Science Classroom
Quality and Appropriateness of Textbooks

Readability of Texts

Students’ Reading Abilities

Matching Texts and Students

Other Considerations for Textbook Evaluations

Strategies for Using Textbook Materials

Pre-Reading Activities

Vocabulary Development

Setting a Purpose for Reading

During Reading

Post-Reading Activities


3. Beyond the Textbook
Literature for Adolescents

Genres of Trade Books

Children’s Books

Comic Books and Graphic Novels


Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Songs

Newspapers and Popular Magazines

Book Talks

Literature Circles


Books for Science

Selected Trade Books Mentioned in This Chapter

Web Sites Referenced

4. Writing in Science
Why Writing?

Types of Writing

Informal Writing Tasks

Formal Writing Tasks

Formal Scientific Writing

Formal Creative Writing Tasks

Assessing Students’ Work

Creating the Environment


5. Using Technology to Enhance Reading, Writing, and Inquiry
Why Use Technology?

Getting Started



Using the Internet


Streaming Video

The Globe Program

Project Feeder Watch

Course Management Systems

Other Equipment

Digital Cameras

Handheld Computers

Data Analysis Programs



Technology and Writing



Visual Communicator

Evaluating Software Programs



Sources for Computer Programs Referenced in This Chapter

Web Sites Referenced in This Chapter

Additional Web Sites of Interest


“The strategies reflect what our preservice and veteran teachers need to teach in today’s classrooms. From newspapers, magazines, and research reports to adolescent trade books, the authors offer numerous strategies for supplementing science classes with various reading materials.”

Amy M. Rogers, Instructor of Education
Lycoming College

"Thoroughly addresses lesson planning, vocabulary development, graphic organizers, and meeting the needs of students in special education. This book is especially beneficial for new teachers who want to include reading and writing activities in their daily lesson planning in a science classroom."

Russell E. Eppinger, Principal
Middletown Area Middle School, PA

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