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SCI 1340A (2 units)

REVOLUTIONIZE your science pedagogy, curriculum, AND align your course to the Next Generation Science Standards WHILE you earn units to advance your salary. Explore the hottest new science teaching trend: the storyline curricular model. More than a trend, however, it is a new and extremely engaging way to teach your students how to think and act like real scientists. Explore real phenomena and build your students’ critical thinking skills like never before.

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SCI 1340A (2 units)

30 hours
All levels
0 lessons
0 quizzes
37 students


  • Google/Gmail account


  • All coursework available online
  • Self-paced
  • Created by educators FOR educators
  • Google Classroom makes coursework simple and easy to use

Target audiences

  • Elementary Teachers
  • Teachers who want to advance on the salary schedule
  • New Teachers
  • Teachers who want to learn more about adapting instruction to the NGSS

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SHORT SUMMARY: This online, self-paced, 2 unit course provides K-6 educators like you with a comprehensive understanding of the science storyline curricular model. Compatible with currricula like OpenSciEd Biology, OpenSciEd Physics, OpenSciEd Chemistry, Inquiry Hub Biology, Inquiry Hub Chemistry, Amplify Science, Illinois Storylines, and others, this course dives into the pedagogical structure of the storyline curricular model and prepares you for adapting (or improving upon your current adaptation) to the changes in science teaching that the NGSS call for.

DETAILED SUMMARY: This course introduces new or experienced middle and high school science teachers to “science storylines.” Storylines are a novel way of creating units by organizing learning sequences so that all learning is phenomena-driven, each lesson is rooted in scientific inquiry and progressive sensemaking, and students “figure out” the content by engaging in science and engineering practices. The storyline curricular model provides teachers with both pedagogical and curricular strategies to prepare students to meet the performance expectations outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards.

Upon completion of this course, teachers can expect to obtain a much more thorough understanding of:

  • The Next Generation Science Standards
  • The benefits and drawbacks of the storyline curricular model (with strategies for mitigating those drawbacks)
  • The overall structure and concept behind “storylines” and
  • The storyline curricular options currently out there so you don’t have to “reinvent the wheel” (see full list below)

What if every time you asked a student in your classroom “Why are we doing this assignment right now?”, they actually KNEW the answer? 

Attention! A personal google/gmail account is required to access all coursework via Google Classroom.

*Be sure to get school district course approval PRIOR to enrolling if taking courses for salary advancement.

Curricular Options this Course is Compatible with:

  • Inquiry Hub
  • OpenSciEd
  • San Diego Unified Storylines
  • Illinois Biology Storylines
  • Peer Physics
  • New Visions for Public Schools Biology (NY)
  • New Visions for Public Schools Earth and Space Science (NY)
  • Schoolwide Labs Project
  • Amplify Science
  • K-12 Alliance
  • NextGenStorylines

Course Syllabus Button SCI 1440A

Attention! A personal google/gmail account is required to access all coursework via Google Classroom.

*Be sure to get school district course approval PRIOR to enrolling if taking courses for salary advancement.

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Hey there! My name is Jennica and I am a classroom educator with experience teaching a wide-range of science classes at the high school level. For more information about me please see the ABOUT section of our site.
Yes! Although this course is intended to be an introduction to storyline curriculum and its philosophical basis, this course comes with several freebie resources you can use immediately in your classroom.
Yes! The instructor has been teaching her high school students using storyline curriculum for years. She has made every mistake, experienced almost every possible roadblock, and has developed her own teaching strategies, scaffolding, and assessment systems to improve the storyline curricular model that make implementing it in the classroom significantly easier.
The transition to teaching using the storyline curricular model is steep- and heavily involves asking your students to actively learn (which can be a struggle, at times). Lectures from the teacher and direct instruction are few and far in between when you are teaching a storyline, so this course is structured in a way that mimics this.