High School Writing with Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
from Dr. Michelle Diane Parrinello-Cason
High School Writing with Lab Girl uses a high interest nonfiction book to engage your students as they work on their writing skills. This class takes an integrated reading and writing approach that prepares high schoolers for the types of reading and writing they’ll be expected to perform in college classrooms. It provides an entire semester’s worth of material (suggested time: 12 weeks) and includes both informal and formal writing prompts, readings about the writing process, grammar and vocabulary practice, comprehension activities, and supplemental readings.
This product contains 16 separate sections. The first is a teacher’s guide. It is followed by 12 individual weekly packets designed to be given directly to students and written to them as the reader. It also contains a document with the answer keys for all activities, optional reading quizzes, and a document with grading rubrics for the formal papers.
Using High School Writing with Lab Girl, students will learn about brainstorming; how to set priorities when writing a paper; making multiple drafts; addressing a particular audience; how to avoid run-ons, fragments, and comma splices; and how to adjust style and tone. They will also dig deep into the topics of career exploration, finding your passion, and what it means to think like a scientist, the themes around which the book is written. Hope Jahren’s book is half personal memoir and half scientific exploration of botany through a passionate and fascinating lens. It will interest both students who love beautiful writing and students who are heavily interested in scientific facts.
High School Writing with Lab Girl could be used for an individual student in a homeschooling setting or for a small group class in a classroom or co-op setting. Here is some parent feedback from the class: “The entire course is well thought out. We highly recommend this teacher.”
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