Natural Sciences

Scientists understand very well the important roles the writing plays in creating and disseminating new scientific knowledge. For our students, however, this is sometimes less obvious, in part because much of their coursework focuses on other modes of knowledge acquisition.

If we want to produce students who not only think like scientists, but who can also effectively communicate as scientists, we must work to teach them what it means to write well in our fields. On these pages you will find resources to support efforts to bring writing into your classrooms, both as a way of promoting learning and as a strategy for preparing students for their lives as researchers and thinkers beyond the university.

Writing assignments you can use (or borrow ideas from) in teaching natural sciences classes:

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