Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Big Ideas in Literacy

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

The Next Generation Science Standards emphasize the relationship between understanding science practices and content knowledge and support a literacy approach to teaching science content. Appendix M of the NGSS states that “Literacy skills are critical to building knowledge in science.” In concert with the CCSS, the NGSS highlights:

  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Writing and presenting information orally are key means for students to:

  • Assert and defend claims in science
  • Demonstrate what they know about a concept
  • Convey what they have experienced, imagined, thought, and learned

In addition to noting the importance of science-specific basic literacy practices, such as those listed above, NGSS notes that reading and writing in science also incorporate visual literacy. Students are often required to gain knowledge from elaborate diagrams and data that convey information and illustrate scientific concepts.