Developing writing skills

A very nice short post from Durrington High School in West Sussex and their excellent blog. Note the similarities in the writing frameworks used here with our ‘Thinking Wall@ templates which encourage a similar approach. Great stuff.

Class Teaching

The fifteen minute forum was led tonight by Harriet Schuler – our Deputy Leader in Science.

Our science department have been developing  ways in which they can support students with their extended writing – particularly in response to the new style exam questions.  They have had some excellent support from Karen Parks (@betterscience1) who must also be credited for some of the resources and ideas here.

Step 1 – Understanding command words

mugs-12Show students an image like the one to the left. Ask them to then do the following to the mugs, one at a time:

1. Describe the mugs

2. Explain the differences in the mugs

3. Compare the similarities and differences between the mugs

4. Evaluate the mugs

Once they have done this, unpick how what they did for each of the command words e.g. how did they compare the mugs?  How did they evaluate them? etc.  Then go on to…

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