Home    Feedback    BioWeb Contents    Search

Writing Reports in Science

horizontal rule

  INB Online Testing Student Page Writing Req.

Meeting Rigor & Relevance Requirements in Science

CP Biology & Biology I

Educate for

 Biology 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.

3. 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).

 Common Core: Text Complexity   

Common Core Writing & Literacy Correlations for Science

 

Practicing Science Literacy (PSL) and Close Reading

bulletScience Journals
bulletWrite summary of current event using PSL sheet   pdf
bulletPlease print out article and staple to your PSL sheet.

 

Biology Book Report Requirement

Biology Reading List Recommendations click here

Choose a science related book for semester reading requirement.  You will check out a book from the library, borrow one from Mrs. King,  or purchase one from a book store (or online) such as Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

bullet

Only approved books qualify.  Use the sign up sheet in our classroom.

bullet

You may choose a suitable book that is not on the list, but it must not be a book you are reading, or have already read, for another class.

bullet

Book must be 150 pages or more and correct lexile for your age; Also see Common Core: Text Complexity (page 4) for proper lexile

bullet

Written and cited report in Owl Website   Sample APA format  Sample paper

 

bulletPapers should include four major sections: the Title Page (1 page), Abstract (1 page), Main Body (3-5 pages), and References (1 page) for a total of 6 to 8 pages.  Set it up in that exact order. Pictures do not count toward main body requirement of 3 to 5 pages.
bulletTyped, double spaced, 1 inch margins; Times New Roman, Calibri or Arial, 10 or 12 point font only. 
  1. The title page should be set up in APA format with your name, period, date, and title of book.
  2. 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 cover. 
  3. Think of the main body as a 5 paragraph essay. 
    bulletIntroduction, supporting details, conclusion.
    bulletTell what the book was about and how it is related to a field of science.  Tell what part interested you the most and why.
  4. 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.

DUE: April _, 2015   grading rubric

 

Research Report 

bullet

 Typed report (5 pages content/main body)

bullet

Science journals 

bullet

Papers should include four major sections: the Title Page (1 page), Abstract (1 page), Main Body (5 pages), and References (1 page), for a total of 8 pages.

bullet

Use your own words- plagiarism will cause your paper to be rejected.  It's okay to use someone's exact words if you quote them,  "____________" and cite source.

bullet

All sources in the works cited should be cited within the content of your paper.

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).

 

bullet

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.

bullet

APA format. Use works cited/resources in alphabetical order, example: Sample APA format.   Owl Website   Sample paper

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), 317–336.

bullet

Typed, double spaced, 1 inch margins, Times New Roman, Calibri or Arial, 10 or 12 point font. 

bullet

Proof read and use spell check prior to printing.

bullet

Follow APA format:  Papers should include four major sections: the Title Page (1 page), Abstract (1 page), Main Body (3-5 pages), and References (1 page) for a total of 6 to 8 pages.  Set it up in that exact order. Pictures do not count toward main body requirement of 3 to 5 pages.  

bullet

Rubric will be used to score paper. 

bullet

Refer to daily assignment page for due date

Common mistakes found in student research papers:

bullet

Improper spacing and/or font size

bullet

Not citing quotations properly or at all

bullet

Resources are not referenced within text

bullet

You should type the sentence and then use author and date, i.e. (Adams, 2009). 

bullet

If author's name is already mentioned within the sentence then date is included in parenthesis, i.e. (2009) in the sentence.

bullet

Many threw in web addresses… not correct format.  See above.

bullet

If it’s not common knowledge, cite it.

bullet
Majority of writing not in students own words  
bullet
copy & paste without citing properly... this is plagiarism and will cause your paper to be rejected
bullet

Research was written in 1st person and should be written in 3rd person

bullet

Research paper should not contain personal opinions, only factual material based on evidence from research

bullet

Too many photos; photos cannot replace text requirement

bullet

Too short; does not meet page requirement

bullet

Resource page contained nothing more than web addresses, or citations not in alpha order

bullet

Not following APA Format

 

Typed Lab Reports

Use Google Drive and share report with me.

bulletTyped lab reports for formal labs using the complete format of Scientific Method.
bulletFont: 10 to 12 pt only.   Please use an easy to read font (i.e. Calibri, Times New Roman, or Ariel).
bulletDo not use slang in your reports.  Write using correct verbiage and punctuation.      Science Action Words
bulletProof read and always use SPELL CHECK before printing!

Final Student Portfolio

**ALL students turn in their Interactive Notebooks (INB) at the end of the semester for a portfolio requirement. 

bullet

Students must maintain the table of contents for each unit and make sure  INB is a complete work without missing pages.

bullet

One page typed reflection required for each unit in your Interactive Notebook (INB), see INB page for details.

bullet

Parent signatures required for each unit of your INB.

bullet

INB will be scored using a rubric.  You will get them back at the end of the school year.

 

Email ME IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS

Please include your name and period in all correspondence.

horizontal rule

Last modified: July 27, 2014