Harry Wong
Dec 2017
Vol 14 No 4

Writing Like a Scientist – A Model Project of Disciplinary Literacy
By Sarah Powley

The first year, we just put a toe in the water: We addressed the use of the passive voice.

The next year, we took on pronouns.

This year, my colleague and I dove in head first: We tackled passive voice, pronoun usage, scientific description, conciseness, the particular vocabulary of science, and (of course) citations and internal documentation. The goal: improved Science Fair projects–and ones that read like science writing.

An instructional coach for secondary teachers, I was thrilled three years ago when Mrs. Amanda Cox approached me about her goal for the year: incorporating the Indiana Academic Standards for Literacy into her Honors biology classes. Mrs. Cox took the standards to heart. "I want my students to write like scientists," she told me, "but they don’t know how–and I’m not sure I know how to teach them. I’m not an English teacher."

She’s not alone. The literacy standards–which apply across the curriculum–challenge many content area teachers. Writing instruction begins in grade school, but the skills that are emphasized are the ones in the English teacher’s toolbox: introductions that capture the reader’s attention, strong action verbs, colorful vocabulary choices, rhetorical questions, apt quotations....

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