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Give students a copy of your preferred template for writing lab reports as well as your technical requirements, such as font or margin size. Pair the students and have them discuss which pieces of information belong in each part of the report. Have them report to the class and offer feedback on what they did well and what they left out that needs to be included.
Provide samples of lab reports so students can see how the information fits together. You may want to provide sentences or pieces of information out of context and ask the students to decide where that information should appear in the report.
Give the students a copy of your preferred rubric. Separate them into groups and assign each group a different part of the rubric. Ask them to discuss and decide what quality work would include and what errors could be made that would cost them points according to the rubric. Have them share each section with the class, in order of how they would appear in the report
Give a mini-lesson on claim, evidence, and reasoning and their role in the lab report conclusion. The first two resources below include both an in-depth presentation and videos and activities that will enhance the lesson.
Give a mini-lesson on summarizing, a skill that is useful in writing a conclusion. See the links below for ideas
Introduce the RERUN method for writing conclusions (shown below). Give students a sample conclusion and have them work in pairs to pull out each of the parts of the acronym from the sample.
Offer students a chance to look at exemplars, this time with the purpose of identifying structure, transition words, thesis or position construction, and the conclusion. Students may code the text to highlight these sections, use a rubric to give feedback on the papers, or design an outline checklist for their draft.
Model the outlining and drafting process through think-alouds on how you organize your notes, then begin to draft. You might want to try multiple leads or organizations and ask students to evaluate what they find most effective and why.
Set up writing centers with specific supports or lessons based on student need (e.g., transition words or citations). Allow students to work in different writing partnerships or peer edits
Resources on Lab Reports for Students
Writing the Conclusion
Resources for the writing process
Instructional Support Modules: Improving Students’ Writing