To extend students’ opportunities for developing academic language, discussion, and written argumentation skills using the same principles that inspired the original Word Generation program, we have developed science units around topics commonly taught to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. These curricular materials can be used in place of the standard curriculum materials, or as a supplement. They are fully aligned with the science-specific literacy standards prescribed by the Common Core State Standards, providing opportunities to read, write, discuss, and build arguments about basic questions in science.
Fifteen- to twenty-minute activities for use in ELA, math, and social studies classes are coordinated with each week of the science units, so that the cross-disciplinary benefits of Word Generation can be exploited during use of the intensive science program. All the activities relate to the central topic, build relevant knowledge, and provide opportunities to encounter the new academic vocabulary in new semantic contexts.
18 One-week Original Science Units Available (below)
these, plus six additional units prepared for Teacher Dashboard