Writing for science takes practice, having students work collaboratively using whiteboards before they put pen to paper allows for more “pain-free” editing and revising. Most work gets done on the whiteboard before it goes to paper.
After building the lightbulb using a carbon filament, we read about his experiments to enhance the ability of platinum to withstand high temperatures needed for incandescence.
It was an article that had difficult and unfamiliar vocabulary, so as a class we broke it down in the following way:
Students did a great job decoding the work and (hopefully) learned the value of working in groups when trying to read a difficult text.