P250: Stepwise approach to writing lab reports in the organic chemistry course sequence [WITHDRAWN]
In this presentation I describe efforts towards transitioning second year students at a liberal arts college from writing short, informal lab write-ups to writing Journal of Organic Chemistry style lab reports over the course of one academic year. My primary emphasis is focused on building students’ rhetorical skills so that they can develop into adept scientific writers. This is an important skill for our students because most students who complete the course sequence become scientists and/or medical professionals. My approach to achieve this goal is to provide the students with the following: Examples of scientific writing on their experiments so that they can learn the proper conventions, style, and content; detailed rubrics so they know what I expect from them; and specific feedback on their graded and returned reports.