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Reading and Writing in Science

Tools to Develop Disciplinary Literacy

With this bestselling guide, updated for the Common Core and NGSS, you’ll help students develop science vocabulary, comprehend scientific texts, and express science concepts in writing.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483345680
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2015
  • Page Count: 192
  • Publication date: January 28, 2015

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Engage your students in scientific thinking across disciplines!

Did you know that scientists spend more than half of their time reading and writing? Students who are science literate can analyze, present, and defend data – both orally and in writing.

The updated edition of this bestseller offers strategies to link the new science standards with literacy expectations and specific ideas you can put to work right away. Features include:

  • A discussion of how to use science to develop essential 21st century skills
  • Instructional routines that help students become better writers
  • Useful strategies for using complex scientific texts in the classroom
  • Tools to monitor student progress through formative assessment

When students are curious, they thrive. Give your students the strong base they need to create and share scientific ideas that have an impact in the classroom and beyond.

“This is a teacher-friendly book that drew me in from the introduction to the end. Through real-life scenarios combined with useful methods for instruction, it illustrates how science teachers can use language as a tool for teaching science.”
-Trina Allen, Science Content Specialist
Measurement Incorporated

“An eminently readable guide for the novice and experienced teacher. The many practical ideas in this volume demonstrate that improving students’ skills in reading and writing can also improve their understanding and ability in science.”

- Cary Sneider, Associate Research Professor

Portland State University, Portland, OR

Key features

  • Provides a handy collection of literacy strategies that are useful for science educators
  • Addresses several major concerns of science teachers—textbook levels, vocabulary development, and writing in the science classroom
  • Supports teachers as they prepare students for the science component of high-stakes tests
  • Written by a science educator for science teachers


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Maria C. Grant

Maria C. Grant, EdD, is a professor in the Department of Secondary Education at California State University Fullerton and the director of the Single Subject Credential Program at CSUF. She works with both pre-service and in-service teachers in the credential program and at school sites. Her work includes research and publications in the areas of disciplinary literacy, literacy in the content areas, science education, and pedagogy. In addition to her efforts at the university, Maria’s experience includes many years of teaching in high school and middle school science classrooms. She has taught physics, oceanography, coordinated science, chemistry, and earth science. She currently supports learners as teacher and coach at Health Sciences High & Middle College. Over the years, Maria has acted as a leader in curriculum development and professional development at both the school and district levels. Her most recent efforts include research and professional development work centered on reading, writing, and language within content classrooms. Maria can be reached at mgrant@fullerton.edu. Follow her on twitter at @mgrantfullerton
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Douglas Fisher

Douglas Fisher is professor and chair of educational leadership at San Diego State University and a leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College. Previously, Doug was an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is a credentialed teacher and leader in California. In 2022, he was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame by the Literacy Research Association. He has published widely on literacy, quality instruction, and assessment, as well as books such as Welcome to Teaching, PLC+, Teaching Students to Drive their Learning, and Student Assessment: Better Evidence, Better Decisions, Better Learning.

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Diane Lapp

Diane Lapp, EdD, is a distinguished professor of education at San Diego State University where her work continues to be applied to schools. She is also an instructional coach and teacher at Health Sciences High & Middle College. Throughout her career, Diane has taught in elementary, middle, and high schools. Her major areas of research and instruction regard issues related to the planning and assessment of very intentional literacy instruction and learning. A member of both the California and the International Reading Halls of Fame, Diane has authored, coauthored, and edited numerous articles, columns, texts, handbooks and children’s materials on instruction, assessment, and literacy related issues. Diane is the recipient of the ILA 2023 William S. Gray Citation of Merit, a prestigious award reserved for those who have made outstanding contributions to multiple facets of literacy development. Diane can be reached at lapp@sdsu.edu. Follow her on twitter @lappsdsu
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


New to This Edition

About the Authors

1. Teaching Students to Think Like Scientists

How Well Are U.S. Students Doing in Science?

What Foundations Do We Need to Have in Place?

What Are the Features of Purposeful Science Instruction?

What Do Real-World Scientists Do?

2. Knowing and Using Scientific Language to Communicate Like a Scientist

Language Is the Foundation for Learning

Using Language in Science

Connecting the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards

Next Generation Science Standards Support the Precision of Language Use

Science Instruction

Assess to Instruct: Developing Knowledge and Language

Fostering Independent Word Learning in Science

Word Play Promotes Increased Vocabulary Knowledge

3. Reading Like a Scientist

Connecting the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards

Features That Make Texts Complex

Teaching Students to Read Science Texts

Collaborative Conversations Support Learning and Sharing Scientific Language and Concepts

The Connection Between Vocabulary and Reading Success

Why Teach Reading in Science?

4. Writing Like a Scientist

Connecting the Common Core State Writing Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards

Writing Like a Scientist Is Different

WebQuest: Collecting Data for Writing

Writing Frames: Scaffolds for Scientific Writing

Teaching Scientific Phrasing

Writing Formats in Science

Writing Well-Supported Arguments

Why Learn to Write Like a Scientist?

5. Assessing Student Learning in Science

The Purpose of Assessment in Science

Using Assessment Information

Identifying Literacy-Language Strengths and Needs

Creating Science Assessments

Final Thoughts About Assessment





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