Reading & Writing - in Physics
Reading and comprehension are critical to understand the nature of the problem the student might be investigating. If the student is not able to understand what the teacher is asking in homework or on an exam, the knowledge of physics is only of partial value. There are also a lot of great articles and texts talking about new discoveries and changes around the study of physics, so reading is important there.
Writing is also important for physics students so that they are able to write reports, discuss problems, and communicate their abilities.
Curriculum Connections: ELA/Physics
"General Outcome #1 –
Students will listen, speak, read, write, view, and represent to explore thoughts, ideas, feelings and experiences."
"General Outcome #5 –
Students will listen, speak, read, write, view, and represent to respect, support, and collaborate with others."
Before reading some text or article about physics:
While reading, students can increase comprehension and retention by:
After finished reading, students can:
The types of writing expected of students in a physics class could include experiment reports, paragraph length answers to homework questions, and small research papers. Some strategies to help might be:
Resources for Teaching
Other Literacy pages I've prepared: