Thirty science writers and teachers who write have formed a group to support and promote brilliant science writing for children and young adults.
Science writing for young people should inspire as well as teach; it must be map and guide. Young people need to be free to explore the universe through words. The writing must be very good.
This takes technical expertise; literary skill and an understanding of children’s learning. Our science writers’ circle brings writers together to share these skills to write outstanding science texts.
We meet online with a forum for sharing, discussion and feedback. We are a community with a common goal: brilliant science writing for young people.
The group is called the science writers’ circle and we are one week old. Watch this space.
Maybe you know this already, it’s an old book, but downloadable from National Stem Centre and really worth reading…Davies and Green, Reading and learning in the sciences.
It inspired me to get into science lessons to work on literacy many years ago and is full of ideas about how to teach reading for information in science.
Yes – I used this book a lot when I did my PGCE. It was already 10 years old then (now 30 years old!) Thank you for sharing the link – it’s great half-term reading. Just the start makes me think very little has changed:
“Research had shown that teachers in British secondary schools had comparatively little faith in the potential of reading as a useful aid to effective learning. Research had also shown that school students were failing to engage actively with the texts they were reading and believed that, so long as what they read was vaguely sensible and relevant, it would somehow be absorbed; if not, that was because they were too dim and there was nothing they can do about it.”
Speak soon! Ben