Popular writing tools used by teachers include the Language Arts ‘Journal’ and the science ‘Notebook’. This presentation demonstrates how these tools can be successfully combined taking students beyond traditional lab reports and expository writing as they experiment with a variety of writing genres from persuasive writing to personal narratives and science fiction, all aligned with hands-on science experiments and Common Core Standards.

Questions that will be addressed:
(Background)
What types of writing are required for students under the new NEXT Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards?
(Inquiry)
How can writing expedite the learning of scientific concepts?
(Investigate)
What are some examples of different types of writing activities that could be included within a science unit?
(Integrate)
How can these writing activities be combined into a useful tool for assessment?

Kaye Hagler is an educational consultant who mentors teachers throughout the Southeast. A graduate of Georgia State University, she received a master's degree from Troy State University, and then continued with post-graduate studies in gifted education at the University of Alabama. She has taught elementary and middle school gifted and high school English. Currently, her time is spent writing, conducting writing workshops, and serving as an adjunct instructor of English. Kaye is the author of Take Five! for Language Arts: 180 bell-ringers that build critical-thinking skills, and Inquire, Investigate, Integrate! Making Connections to the K-2 Science Standards and the Common Core.

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