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ERIC Number: ED122305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Science Textbooks and the Teaching of Assigned Writing.
Donlan, Dan
This paper initially presents the results of several studies concerning what kind of writing science teachers assign and what kind of writing science textbooks assign. By far, reporting was the most popular type of writing assigned in the surveyed textbooks, although other types of writing were in evidence. Exposition tended to take three forms: explaining a concept; discussing a concept; and writing a letter to an agency for further information. Three sample paragraphs from science content writing are presented. Several teaching strategies are delineated and it is suggested that teachers try to make students aware of the reading, thinking, and writing which the topic demands; give students diagramed model paragraphs to show how ideas relate; and encourage students to compose and not copy by basing the assignment on more than one source, controlling the source, and conducting paraphrasing exercises in class. (TS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Study prepared at the University of California, Riverside