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Writing in Science

Science exists because scientists are writers and speakers of their discipline (Montgomery, 2003); experimental results are peer-reviewed and published adding to the existing body of knowledge that we call science. Science is not only about “what and how”, but also the communication of what was done, how it was done, and what was learned. In other words, scientists “do" science, “talk” science, and "write" science.

Scientists use observational writing, procedural writing, creating data tables and charts, graphing information, writing summary statements, developing explanations including claims, evidence and reasoning (WHST.9-10.1, WHST.9-10.4, WHST.9-10.9), as well as write informational reports such as lab reports (WHST.9-10.2, WHST.9-10.4, WHST.9-10.9).

Time to Read

Select each of the following tabs labeled “1,” “2,” and “3,” to understand how the three types of writing may be used in science classrooms.