Claudia –


I have to run off to class.  But some topics that come to have the students read, write, present and debate about…


         New highly efficient vehicles for energy conservation

         Maglev trains 

         time travel -- fact and fiction

         physics of mass/individual transportation

         physics and physiology of running/ bicycle riding

         perpetual motion – does it work?


Good Luck!





Frank S. Rosenthal, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Occupational and Environmental 

     Health  Sciences

Purdue University School of Health Sciences

550 Stadium Mall Dr.

West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA

tel: 765-494-0812, fax: 765-496-1377,

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From: Science for the People Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Claudia Hemphill Pine
Sent: Thursday, April 10, 2008 2:08 PM
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Subject: Request for ideas, lesson samples, etc. for teaching writing to at-risk students entering science majors


Hi all,

All of a sudden (yesterday) I've been invited to submit a proposed curriculum -- tomorrow afternoon! -- for teaching writing and other communication skills to students in my university's summer "Upward Bound Math/Science" program.  A writing course syllabus is no problem - but for assignment topics and ideas that speak to the Math/Science (and Engineering) theme?  I'd love your help, because the 3-week intensive course needs to link to:

2008 Theme "EXPLORE motion"
This year's Upward Bound Math Science summer program will address the physics of motions, construction of vehicles or instruments that move, the changes of environmental elements in relation to place through movement over time, creation of maps depicting places and tracks of motion for environmental elements, organisms or humans.
The theme is the guiding topic to correlate instruction for the participants and each course offered should contain an element of the theme. 

So, I'm looking for ideas or better yet, inspiring quotes, sample lesson plans, resource materials or syllabuses that will help me tie the writing to these students' physics (and other science) learning.  I've taught a ton of writing skills, especially technical and science writing, to students in the contexts of environmental science, ethics, film studies, anthropology, and human biology...  but I'm eager for ideas on how to tie into physics and engineering of motion. 

I want to use Thomas Georges' free online "Analytical Writing for Science and Technology" as the main "textbook", because it's fun, short, and focuses not on write as a science student, but in the real world, in science or engineering jobs.  What I need are sample syllabuses and or lesson plans and concepts that could focus directly on this "Science of Motion" theme.

These will be mainly Native American and Hispanic high school juniors and seniors whose families are classed as low-income and non-traditional (no one with a college degree).  Upward Bound is a longtime (ca. 35 years) U.S. Dept of Ed funded program to help get them into college and equipped to stay in, and succeed.  

The time frame is nuts, and I'm going to be up late sandwiching this in between other jobs -- but I'd LOVE to get this job. I not only need summer work to keep finishing my diss, these are exactly the students I love to teach, the ones our capitalist and class-structured system would happily write off.  A great SftP opportunity, if I can get past the Education Bureaucrats at the gate...

Any ideas?  Examples? Links?  Emailing me off-list is fine!