Webinar 2/25/15: Literacy for the Science Classroom: Think, Read, talk, and Write Like a Scientist

by Raising the Bar Staff

In this webinar, we present essential features of the science practices outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards that offer opportunities for students to develop disciplinary literacy. We will explore how reading, writing, listening, and speaking are used in the science discipline to develop knowledge of scientific ideas as well as the ways in which scientists develop that knowledge. Particular emphasis will be given to the NGSS practices of "Constructing Explanations" and "Engaging in Argument form Evidence" and how the Common Core State Standards ELA/Literacy in Science support or contrast these practices.

Examples will drawn from middle and high school students' writings of scientific explanations and how argumentation strengthened those explanations. Furthermore, we will show scientific literature that provides opportunities to compare writing requirements and address classroom strategies.


  • Karen Cerwin, WestEd
  • Kathy DiRanna, WestEd
  • Maria Simani, California Science Project

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Time: 3:30 pm, Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco, GMT-08:00)

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