Science communication is one of my passions and as an English teacher at a STEM school it’s an important skill my students need to learn. I’m always looking for ways to have my students practice communicating about complex science topics in a fun way (you can see a sample here). These projects can’t be done until I share mentor texts with my students, though. We don’t always have the time or budget to add whole-class nonfiction books to our curriculum so articles and magazines are my go-to source for science communication mentor texts. I’m always adding links and PDFs to my bookmarks!
A few weeks ago, author Jess Keating posted an exciting new mentor text on Facebook.
How awesome is this? I immediately subscribed and started thinking about how my students could create their own e-zines to communicate science. My biology colleague and I do an interdisciplinary magazine project at the beginning of each year and I can’t wait to share The Curious Creative with students as a mentor text. What I love about this text is that it’s concise, engaging, and eye-catching. So much of communication these days is done online so it’s vital that our students learn to communicate well in this medium. I also struggle to help my students write concisely so this newsletter looks like a great way to model the power of concise writing.
Be sure to subscribe by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and writing SUBSCRIBE in the subject line. You won’t be disappointed!