We Are Our Choices

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Teacher Resources

open

  • Invitation to inquiry
  • Open minds
  • Stimulate curiosity

Working together

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Immerse

  • Build background knowledge
  • Connect to content
  • Discover interesting ideas
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Research Scenario

Did you ever think about what it would be like to be famous? What would you be famous for? What choices would you need to make in your life to achieve your goals?

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You may be suprised to learn that many famous individuals are from Maryland. What choices did they make?

How did the choices made by a famous Marylander have a significant impact on his/her life?

Throughout the research process, you will use a variety of inquiry tools and strategies

First, use the resources below to build background knowledge by reading brief biographies of a couple of famous Marylanders:

Begin your Inquiry Journal by responding to these Inquiry Journal PromptsEngage in conversation in an Inquiry Circle to develop ideas and discuss emerging questions with a small group of classmates.

Explore

  • Explore interesting ideas
  • Look around
  • Dip in
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Task and Product

You will research a famous individual from Maryland to examine choices that had a signficant impact on his/her life. You will become an expert on this person in order to compose an expository writing piece explaining these choices, and present your findings to your peers in an creative multi-media presentation.

Explore

To begin, explore information about some famous Marylanders using the resources below. Use exploratory search strategies like browsing, scanning, and skimming a variety of resources. "Dip in" to read and reflect as you explore. Choose one famous Marylander to research further. Choose someone who sparks your curiosity, connects to your interests, or who you admire for their accomplishments.

Use these Inquiry Tools as you explore, as directed by your teacher:

  • Use the Stop and Jot strategy to record ideas and questions in your Inquiry Journal
  • Use the Pair-Share Protocol to clarify your ideas, get feedback, and gain insight.
  • Use the Inquiry Log to keep track of sources that might be useful for your inquiry.

evaluate

  • Evaluate the achievement of learning goals
  • Reflect on content
  • Reflect on process

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Assessments

The following scoring tools may be used or adapted by you and your teacher to evaluate your research process and your final product and presentation. You can use these assessments throughout your inquiry process to plan, make decisions, monitor your progress, and self-assess your achievement of your inquiry-based learning goals.

Research Process Assessments:

Writing Assessment:

Final Product & Presentation Assessments:

Combined Process/Product Assessment:

Identify

  • Pause and ponder
  • Decide direction
  • Identify inquiry question
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Questions

Overarching Question:

How did the choices made by a famous Marylander have a significant impact on his/her life?

Essential Inquiry Questions:

  • Why is your person famous?
  • What connection do they have to Maryland?
  • What choices did this person make in life, and why?
  • How did this person's choices have a positive or negative impact on his/her life and future?

Refer to the Essential Inquiry Question as you begin your inquiry:

 

gather

  • Gather important information
  • Go broad (search)
  • Go deep (read)
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Students

Gather & Sort

Apply effective search strategies in order to locate and evaluate sources and digital content relevant to your information need.

  • Read deeply from pertinent resources and apply reading strategies to construct meaning.
  • Use the Inquiry Log to make choices and track your inquiry journey.
  • Use strategies and tools for note-taking, documentation, and reflection as you gather:
  • Refine your inquiry question or focus as needed, based on your research findings so far and your new insights and understandings.
  • Demonstrate digital citizenship and avoid plagiarism by paraphrasing or quoting information, and by citing your sources in a Works Cited list.

Create a note-taking organizer like the one shown below, in Microsoft Word or on notebook paper. This will help you to organize the information you will include when writing your expository piece and creating a multimedia presentation.

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Create

  • Reflect on learning
  • Go beyond facts to make meaning
  • Create to communicate
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Create

Analyze your research notes to reflect on your learning. What new insights have emerged in response to your Essential Inquiry Questions?

Synthesize your findings by creating a product to communicate new meaning and understanding.

1. Organize your research findings to compose an expository writing piece. Be sure to support your thinking with the research you gathered from your sources.

2. Create an MLA-formatted Works Cited list to cite all sources of information included in your outline. Use one of the citation tools below, as directed by your teacher:

3. Use your notes, your expository writing piece, and media from the resources to create a multimedia presentation. Your teacher may direct you to work with a partner who researched the same person. Below are some multimedia examples you can choose from but are not limited to:

Evaluate your research product and presentation according to the scoring criteria.

Remember to view the Expository Writing Rubric and the Multimedia Rubric to check that you are meeting each criteria.

share

  • Learn from each other
  • Share your learning
  • Tell your story
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Share

All of the information you learned and gathered will be shared through some type of multi-media presentation. Some examples you can use are listed below.

Use the peer review sheet to complete on one of your peers during the class share day.

 

evaluate

  • Evaluate the achievement of learning goals
  • Reflect on content
  • Reflect on process
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Evaluate:

Evaluate the achievement of your inquiry-based learning goals using the scoring tools in the Assessments section, as directed by your teacher:
  • Reflect on your learning of the content by writing a response to the Overarching Question; support your response with ideas and evidence from both your own research and your classmates' presentations.
  • Reflect on your inquiry process using Self Reflection on Inquiry.

 


Extend your learning:

Wouldn't you love to see your name all over the web, in books and on the news? Remember that the life choices you make today will have an impact on you later in life. See how your choices of interests and hobbies can impact your life and career in the future.

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