Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Brainstorming: Integration of Body Systems Essay (Day 1 of 2) - Section 3: Guided Practice - Brainstorming: Organizing Our Ideas


Students are surprised when they are asked to write essays in Biology, but little do they know that writing across the curriculum will be the new expectations.  This newly implemented idea provides an opportunity for a more literary-focused students to excel by employing a new strategy to demonstrate their understanding.  For others, they have resisted the attempt to write in Biology every step of the way.  By guiding the students step-by-step through the writing process:

  • Brainstorming/pre-writing
  • Rough Draft
  • Peer Editing
  • Final Draft

Students are less intimidated in the expectations of writing an exemplary final draft from the get go.  The smaller, more manageable expectations support students who are not comfortable with the writing process and the students are surprised with the quality of work they are able to produce as a result.  Baby steps and your students will knock your socks off with their writing ability in Biology!

  The Importance of the Pre-Write
  Writing Across the Disciplines: The Importance of the Pre-Write
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Brainstorming: Integration of Body Systems Essay (Day 1 of 2)

Unit 9: Comparative Anatomy and Dissections
Lesson 8 of 10

Objective: SWBAT activate prior knowledge to develop an essay to explain the integration of two body systems to maintain homeostasis in the human body.

Big Idea: Writing in Biology is the way of the future! Time to strut your stuff and show how much your know with this lesson's essay.

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