The Curious Creative- An E-Newsletter by Jess Keating

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.

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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 jesskeatingbooks@gmail.com and writing SUBSCRIBE in the subject line.  You won’t be disappointed!