Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Earthquake Hazards - Section 5: Writing Assignment


I know and value how important being a strong writer is. I know that this skill is something that can and will follow my students for many years to come, so I frequently try to reinforce and support their ability to analyze and write about scientific, technical, and expository texts in the sciences. But, I think that in reflection, one of my biggest teaching regrets in the past is not doing enough to foster the writing ability of my students. I previously taught one particular cohort of students for three (3) years, and during that time, I felt that I rarely gave them a true opportunity to express themselves in writing. I actually think as a content group that writing is probably their weakest area, and I feel at least partially responsible for not focusing on that. So, in the last few years, I’ve had a renewed emphasis on writing. We have a Writing rubric we utilize, universal ways of editing writing responses in each content area, and a dedicated writing assignment that is graded and evaluated on both content and writing efficacy at least once per unit. In being a more writing-focused teacher, I know that many of the changes to produce better writers are small. Have them write frequently, but correctly. In work, correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. Factor those elements into a grade whenever students are completing a task that requires even some elementary basis in writing. All of these could work to help foster budding writers in your science classroom!

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  Writing Across the Disciplines: Writing in the Sciences
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Earthquake Hazards

Unit 2: The Dynamic Earth
Lesson 11 of 16

Objective: SWBAT identify major seismic hazards and evaluate the effectiveness of various safety measures

Big Idea: Students use an online interface to find and evaluate the effectiveness of various seismic safety measures

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