Always vital for success in science, engineering, and medicine, technical communication has now come into K-12 science classrooms with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Participants in this workshop learn how to explain usability and text-design techniques to their students, then apply these techniques to improve the effectiveness of lab instructions, technical descriptions, note taking, project abstracts, and science posters. A $20.00 registration fee provides hospitality for workshop participants.
Level-I prepares teachers to build the technical-writing skills of their science students by:
strategically summarizing the impact on science class of the Common Core's stress on real-world nonfiction writing,
spelling out the six technical communication themes that CCSS applies to all grade levels, and
introducing research-based resources and practicing specific techniques to turn the writing activities that occur already in most science classes into opportunities to meet CCSS learning goals.
|First day: Strategy and plans||Second day: Tactics and hands-on practice|
|9 a.m. The CCSS big picture.
How usability research and text engineering explain the CCSS approach to nonfiction literacy.
|9 a.m. Drafting lab instructions.|
|10 a.m. Six implementation themes.
Six ways to connect your students to the real-world communication problems of scientists and engineers.
|10 a.m. Revising technical descriptions.|
|11 a.m. Taking effective lab, field, and reading notes.|
|Noon. Lunch provided.||Noon. Lunch provided.|
|1 p.m. Six implementation themes continued.||1 p.m. Designing project abstracts.|
|2 p.m. Cognitive apprenticeship for building technical-communication skills.||2 p.m. Crafting helpful science posters.|
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