Short Readings from the American Mineralogist: Sneaky Tools for Teaching Scientific Reading Comprehension and Mineralogical Concepts

Kurt Hollocher
Union College
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This activity uses short, well-written articles to enhance teaching for a mineralogy course. Articles are taken from the American Mineralogist journal.

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This activity is designed for an undergraduate required course in mineralogy and is generally for sophomore or junior level students.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Students should be able to comprehend the basic ideas presented in an article and should be able to find further resources to understand concepts not immediately clear to them.

How the activity is situated in the course

This activity is a stand-alone exercise, but is part of a larger volume of classroom and laboratory activities from "Teaching Mineralogy," a workbook published by the Mineralogical Society of America, Brady, J., Mogk, D. W., and Perkins, D., (editors), 1997,406 pp.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

This activity aids students in comprehending scientific literature and applications of mineralogical principles in order to further their understanding of mineralogy.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

This activity should strengthen the student's ability to critically read scientific literature.

Other skills goals for this activity

Critical thinking skills and synthesizing and writing about information gleaned from scientific articles are emphasized with this activity.

Description of the activity/assignment

This activity is designed to enhance student comprehension of mineralogy and its applications by having students read scientific articles from the journal American Mineralogist, answer questions, and discuss the article in class.

Determining whether students have met the goals

Students have met the goals of this activity if they demonstrate that they have comprehended the scientific article through thorough answers to the reading thought questions and during classroom discussion.

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Supporting references/URLs

Brady, J., Mogk, D. W., and Perkins, D., (editors), 1997, Teaching Mineralogy, a workbook published by the Mineralogical Society of America, 406 pp.

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