Reading a text in science requires different skills and strategies than texts in other classes. Typical science texts use less familiar vocabulary. They also present ideas through multiple modalities (such as graphs, diagrams, lab write-ups, paragraphs), requiring students to synthesize a range of information. Teachers need to understand how complex a science text can be and implement appropriate strategies for supporting student comprehension.
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Making Sense of Literacy in Science: Applying Literacy Strategies to Science, Disciplinary Literacy in Science, and/or Scientific Literacy
What do practicing STEM professionals say about their use of communication and other literacy skills in their work?
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This resource, created by Emily Miller from UW-Madison and Melina Lozano from MMSD, consists of a series of descriptions of the work of scientists and engineers from across the world. To relate to student engagement, we included a brief description of what inspired them to become scientists, which came from their writing or a direct email received from them. We note classroom resources that relate to their research area or the country-of-origin of the person.
Wisconsin's Definition of Disciplinary Literacy
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