Technical Writing for Science Class

Technical communication is now an important part of K–12 science classrooms. Every NGSS performance expectation cross-references science-relevant literacy goals from the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts (ELA). Workshop participants will learn how to implement this close integration of CCSS with NGSS through activities, cases, and examples that embody the NGSS communication practices (explain, argue from evidence, and share information).

This workshop explores how to adapt scientific and engineering approaches to communications that motivate students to practice evidence-based text-design techniques prized in technology communications (including software). Workshop segments demonstrate how specific pedagogical moves that support fluency for English as a Second Language/English Language Learner (ESL/ELL) students can help all students share technical information more effectively.

NGSS/CCSS Literacy Products include drafting safe, reliable lab instructions; revising technical descriptions to make written/oral reports more helpful and meaningful for their audience(s); promoting the use of lab, field, and reading notes based on examples and techniques that amplify each student's ability to learn; designing effective, concise abstracts for projects (science fair and otherwise); and crafting content-rich, visually revealing science posters.

Session: June 10–June 11, 2019   |   Time: 8:30am–3:30pm

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