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What types of scientific texts should 11th and 12th grade students be reading within various science classes?

Sep 2, 2013 9:29am

I'm a high school ELA teacher who's working to help not ELA content teachers shift to CCSS literacy standards. Some of the literacy standards for science emphasize "following a multistep process" regarding scientific methods, how data is measured, etc. Some of this sounds like peer reviewed research articles to me. Should high school students be reading highly specialized texts such as this? Or should we be pushing articles from scientific american and other pubs geared towards a generally educated lay public.

  • English Language Arts / Foreign Language / Science / Social Studies
  • 9-12
  • Common Core


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    • Sep 5, 2013 3:59am


      CCSS doesn't set the curriculum, so I would say it's a decision your team can make. I think either article would be a great opportunity for students to focus on literary in science. That's so cool your team is working together to make that happen. Also tell the science teachers about the Paideia seminar, which is an organized discussion around challenging text.