Science & Technical Subjects

Reading, writing, and thinking about science requires strategies and competencies that are different from those needed for studying history or literature. LDC’s collection of template tasks help science teachers create lessons to increase engagement and teach students to read and think like scientists. LDC templates “hardwire” Common Core Standards into module design, requiring students to use critical thinking skills to evaluate texts and improve their reading and writing skills. In addition, the LDC design process leads the teacher through the selection of appropriate state grade content standards to ensure lessons are aligned with state requirements. See some examples below, or join us on CoreTools to access the Exemplary Module Library from your own account!

“As a science teacher, I’ve had no formal training in how to teach the writing process. I can spot grammar mistakes and spelling errors, no problem, but as far as the structure of a paper, I don’t have a solid enough background for teaching those strategies. But the way the tasks are written, you can just plug and play with different topics.” Middle school science teacher

Comparing the Chemistry Behind Electricity Generation

Building Bridges

Voyager I

Other exemplary modules you can access via our Module Library through LDC CoreTools include…


Jennifer Phillips, Liz Arney and Pier Sun Ho (ConnectEd)

Human Impacts on Marine Ecosystems

Amy Klein, Doris Beverly, and Kelly Clifford (Owen County, Kentucky), Ellen Sears (Anchorage County, Kentucky), and Audrey Harper (Warren County, Kentucky)

How Are Mitochondria Connected to the Aging Process?

Christina Roberts (NYC Department of Education) 

The Beauty of Evolution

Laura Billings (National Paideia Center)

Nuclear Sustainability

Diana Weldon and Jennifer Hower (Tech Valley High School, Rensselaer, New York)

Pesticides: Blessing, Curse, or Both (A Close Reading Module)

Susan Perkins Weston (Kentucky-based consultant) and Gary McCormick (Kenton County, Kentucky)


Anne Maxwell, Monica Cressman, Megan Adams, Holly Particelli (Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania)

The Laws of Conservation and Photosynthesis

Katherine Bryant, Marcus Watson, Matt Faircloth, and Karen Cox (Georgia Department of Education)

The Effect of Algal Blooms on Marine Ecosystems

Mark Weese (Effingham County, Georgia)