National Board Certified Teacher Marsha Ratzel shares how she encouraged her middle-school students to write about scientific topics by first laying the groundwork and teaching students about nonfiction writing. Ratzel then encouraged students to brainstorm ideas and use evidence to make their case. It is important, she writes, to make connections with students' writing experiences in language arts, ensuring there is proper grammar and spelling. Then, students write and share their work with the class.
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