Identify research-based approaches to developing literacy in the sciences
Explore what we mean by literacy in science and consider what literacy skills students need. Compile a toolkit of tried and tested strategies.
Learn to use specific active reading strategies (e.g. DARTS) with science texts
Access classroom-ready activities to help engage students with texts and help them secure their understanding.
Build a toolkit for developing vocabulary
Look at Tier 2 and 3 words and explore ways of introducing them, and unpick the ways in which scientific vocabulary differs from other subjects, including an exploration of exam command words.
Translate reading and vocabulary strategies into writing outcomes
Follow the journey from talk to writing, looking at different text types and the formal vs. informal styles.
Introduction: objectives and outcomes of the training
- What do we mean by science in literacy? Exploring the research
- Using practical approaches to help vocabulary retention
- Morphemic awareness and word roots in scientific language
Reading and writing in science
- Identifying and understanding different text types
- Moving from talk to writing
- Using exam questions to explore command words and appropriate discourse markers
Practical applications for use in lessons
- Range of activities to try in class
- Using National Literacy Trust resources
- Sharing findings with colleagues
Owing to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, delivery of face-to-face training has been suspended. Please explore our online training opportunities. If you have a specific query about our face-to-face Literacy for Science course email Marlene Vasquez-Cain.