The materials in this resource are from the Secondary National Strategy ‘Progressing to Level 6 and beyond in science’ project. They were intended for science teachers who are focusing on helping their students in developing general skills in scientific writing. For a more specific focus on explanations, arguments and descriptions, see the ‘Developing writing in science’ strand of the Level 6+ project.
The Scientific writing teacher guidance file provides strategies for teachers using appropriate resources and should be read first - in conjunction with the Scientific writing steps table document. Both documents provide a breakdown of each key skill, with suggested strategies for moving students from one level, or ‘step’, to the next. These levelled skills are also presented in the Scientific writing pupil speak sheet so that students can assess their own progress and plan what they could do to improve.
The teacher and classroom resources include the Resources for scientific writing file which is a collection of different ideas and resources to help improve scientific writing indicated by the guidance. This includes sections on teaching scientific keywords, concept maps, explanatory sentences, writing conclusions, using placemats and using contemporary science. There are also six sets of ‘Interactive plenary’ slides that teachers can use in class to encourage reflection during the final stages of a lesson. The key areas covered in each ‘Interactive plenary’ are:
* analysis * application * comprehension * evaluation * knowledge and recall * synthesis