Literacy is integrated into science learning

 

The key theme in these set of articles is literacy is cross-cutting into all subjects not just ELA. The use of literacy is integrated into science learning.  There are many designed strategies that can support this learning. Unfortunately, many educators don’t realize how “language is central in science learning and thus scientific literacy” (Washburn, Cavagnetto).  What impressed me is the use of the PONG cycle framework. Similar to what I have done in many education courses at PACE university, the article: Using Argument as a Tool for Integrating Science and Literacy by Erin Washburn and Andy Cavagnetto, discusses how an educator by the name of Ms. Gomez, has her students writing down their thought process as opposed to solely just communicating their thoughts through words. Afterwards they communicate it in pairs. This technique works on a students speaking, listening and writing, which in turn I believe improves their literacy skills. This framework is something I will definitely take away for my own teaching practice. It is a way of constructing understanding of scientific content by communicating inquires, procedures, etc. Throughout my masters program, I come to find that communicating our thoughts aloud onto paper helps to capture a better understanding of educational content as well as improving my own literacy skills. Overall, integration of literacy and science is essential to learning science.