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Physical Science Writing
Meeting Rigor & Relevance Requirements in
Science Common Core Requirements
1. Ensuring wide
reading from complex text that varies in length.
2. Making close reading and rereading of
texts central to lessons.
Emphasizing text-specific complex questions, and
cognitively complex tasks, reinforce focus on
the text and cultivate independence.
4. Emphasizing students supporting answers
based upon evidence from the text.
5. Providing extensive research and writing
opportunities (claims and evidence).
Core: Text Complexity
Writing & Literacy Correlations for Science
Practicing Science Literacy (PSL) and Close Reading
|Write summary of current event using PSL sheet
|Please print out article and staple to your PSL sheet.|
Use Google Drive and share report with me.
|Typed lab reports for formal labs using the complete
format of Scientific Method.|
|Font: 10 to 12 pt only. Please use an
easy to read
font (i.e. Calibri, Times New Roman, or Ariel).|
|Do not use slang in your reports. Write using correct verbiage and
punctuation. Science Action Words|
and always use
SPELL CHECK before printing!|
turn in their
Interactive Notebooks (INB) at the end of the semester for a portfolio
Students must maintain the table of contents for
each unit and make sure INB is a complete
work without missing pages.
One page typed
reflection required for each unit in your
Interactive Notebook (INB), see
INB page for details.
Parent signatures required for each unit of your
INB will be scored using a rubric. You
will get them back at the end of the school year.
Read and research a science related topic using
non-fiction, credible resources.
Write a research report following the
following guidelines: APA format
Owl Website Sample
APA format Sample paper
Papers should include
major sections: the
(3-5 pages), and
for a total of 6 to 8
pages. Set it up in that exact order.
Pictures do not
toward main body requirement of 3 to 5 pages. |
Typed, double spaced, 1 inch margins; Times New
Roman, Calibri or Arial, 10 or 12 point font
- The title page should be
set up in APA format with your name, period,
date, and title of book.
- An abstract is a very brief
overview of the book, sort of like the review on
the back of the book. However, this needs to be
in your own words, not copied from the back
- Think of the main body as a
5 paragraph essay.
The reference page should
have at least one citation (the book you are
reading) in proper APA format. If you reference
any outside source it should be cited as well.
|Introduction, supporting details, conclusion.|
|Tell what the book was about and how it is related to a
field of science. Tell what part interested you the most and
Example of in-text citation:
This methodology stands in agreement with
Stewart et al. who states, “ A science education should do more than
instruct students with respect to the conclusions reached by
scientists…science education should encourage students to develop both
understandings about science as an intellectual activity and understandings
of the products of science” (1992).
Report must contain works cited/resource
page with a minimum of 3 different sources; Wikipedia does not count. Choose
a mixture of journal articles, websites and books to use as your references.
Sample entry based on example above:
Stewart, J., Hafner, R., Johnson, S., &
Finkel, E. (1992). Science as model building: computers and
high-school genetics. Educational Psychologist, 27(3),
Typed, double spaced, 1 inch margins, Times New Roman,
Calibri or Arial, 10 or 12 point font.
Proof read and use spell check prior to
Follow APA format: Papers should
major sections: the Title
(3-5 pages), and
for a total of 6 to 8 pages. Set it up in that
exact order. Pictures
toward main body requirement of 3 to 5 pages.
Rubric will be used to score paper.
Refer to daily assignment page for due date
Common mistakes found in student
Improper spacing and/or font size
Not citing quotations properly or at all
Resources are not referenced within text
should type the sentence and then use author and
date, i.e. (Adams, 2009).
author's name is already mentioned within the
sentence then date is included in parenthesis,
i.e. (2009) in the sentence.
Many threw in web
addresses… not correct format.
If it’s not common knowledge, cite it.
Majority of writing not in
students own words
copy & paste
properly... this is plagiarism
and will cause your paper to be
Research was written
in 1st person and should be written in 3rd
Research paper should not contain personal
opinions, only factual material based on evidence from research
Too many photos; photos cannot replace text
Too short; does not meet page requirement
Resource page contained nothing more than web
addresses, or citations not in alpha order
Not following APA
ME IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS
Please include your name and period in all correspondence.
December 27, 2014