Combining Language Uses to Promote Writing about Science Inquiry through Implementation of the Science Writing Heuristic

Brian Hand
University of Iowa
Lori Norton-Meier
Iowa State University
Kim Wise
Lynn Hockenberry

This session will introduce a strategy known as the Science Writing Heuristic (SWH), demonstrating how we can improve student understanding of science through embedded language and literacy experiences. Implementation of the SWH within elementary schools places demands on the use of talk, reading, and writing as critical functions to promote an enriched understanding of science and to build purposes for writing about science. Examples of teacher practices and student work will be provided.

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