The Stories of Science by Janet MacNeil, Mark Goldner, Melissa London.
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The Stories of Science

Integrating Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening into Science Instruction, 6–12

The Stories of Science explores how the power of story can strengthen your instruction by weaving literacy into what you already teach. The strategies in this book will deepen content understanding and prepare students to be effective science communicators as well.

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Story powerfully integrates science and literacy

Stories are powerful connectors for people, information, and ideas. When you integrate stories into instruction, your students are more likely to actively engage and remember what they learn.

The Stories of Science explores how the power of story can strengthen your instruction by weaving literacy into what you already teach. The strategies in this book will deepen content understanding and prepare students to be effective science communicators as well.

Three types of powerful science stories

Janet MacNeil, Mark Goldner, and Melissa London use their extensive teaching experience to show how literacy skills fit with all types of science content. You’ll learn how to teach students to craft three types of science stories:

  • Explanation stories that make meaning from student-collected data.
  • Informational stories that answer complex questions by synthesizing the research of others.
  • Personal stories that tell about the lives of scientists, their discoveries, and how scientific thinking has changed over time.

The authors also present strategies for using story to frame a complete unit or your entire year of study.

Guidance for getting started with science stories

Filled with ready-to-use lesson ideas and examples of student work, The Stories of Science is a guide for connecting science and story in ways that support your students’ literacy development while also creating an authentic context for deeper understanding.

Contents

Foreword by Karen Worth

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Power of Story in Science

Chapter 2: The Essential Elements of Good Science Stories

Chapter 3: Finding the Story

Chapter 4: Using Model Stories to Inspire Deep Thinking and Effective Storytelling

Chapter 5: Identifying Purpose, Audience, and Setting to Choose Storytelling Tools

Chapter 6: Explanatory Stories of Science

Chapter 7: Informational Stories of Science

Chapter 8: Personal Stories of Science

Chapter 9: Instructional Stories of Science

Appendix A: Science Talk Planning Resources

Appendix B: Model Science Stories

Samples

Companion Resources

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Appendix A

Reviews

"This book offers a new lens that increases the power of inquiry-based teaching."
—Karen Worth, science instructor at Wheelock College; coauthor of The Essentials of Science and Literacy

"The Stories of Science is an excellent resource for teachers interested in incorporating more cross-disciplinary skills into their science teaching. This book shows the power of storytelling in science, while also providing some sample lesson plans so other teachers can implement the strategies successfully. The insights from this book are powerful to teaching and learning!"
—Meaghan Cells, chemistry teacher at Brookline High School

"The Stories of Science will be a valued addition to professional libraries of teachers seeking to make their science teaching and nonfiction writing more engaging and accessible. This book offers a variety of suggested strategies, lessons, and resources to make this happen, along with stories that can make science teaching more meaningful for all involved."
—Jeff Winokur, science education instructor at Wheelock College; coauthor of The Essentials of Science and Literacy

"Communicating effectively with science stories is a powerful approach that educators will want to apply and use with their students immediately!"
—Marianne Dunne, former science educator, Boston Museum of Science

"You can feel the passion that the authors have for their craft of teaching science and that it is their mission in life to share this passion with students.This book will become commonplace not on bookshelves in teachers’ classrooms, but open, annotated, and used again and again on their desk through the year."
—Karen Mesmer, science education consultant

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