Skills and Tools


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

Guided Inquiry Process- Create Open Immerse Explore Identify Gather Create Share Evaluate
Kuhlthau, Carol C., Leslie K. Maniotes, and Ann C. Caspari. 2012.
Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School. Libraries Unlimited.
After you have gathered enough information to construct your own understanding of your topic, you are ready to oarganize your learning into a creative presentation. This is the Create phase, which is key to communicating what you have learned. It helps you articulate what is important about the subject and requires you to integrate the ideas more firmly into a deep understanding. You'll go beyond simple fact finding and reporting. Instead you'll summarize, interpret, and extend the meaning of what you have learned and create a way to share your learning. You'll see that we have numerous options listed which provide just a portion of the ways you could create. You're only limited by your own creativity and by the depth of the knowledge you've built in the steps up until this point.
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UNIT 1: Connecting Research

PBA: Legend/Strange Phenomenon Informational Essay
Follow an inquiry-based process to research a legend or strange phenomenon and use credible sources to develop an informational essay.


Here are some resources to help you with planning and writing your informational essay.

  • Brainpop video on writing a five paragraphy essay
  • Essay Map (Student Interactive from ReadWriteThink)
Lessons 11-15: Argumentative Writing
Follow an inquiry-based process to research a debatable current issue and compose a written argument to support your viewpoint on the issue.

Lesson 12:

Use EasyBib to create your works cited list.

Here are some links that could help with creating your Argumentative Essay:

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Unit 2: Making Cultural Connections

PBA: Be a Museum Curator
Follow an inquiry-based process to research a culture and create a museum exhibit with artifacts that fully represent the culture.

Here are some ideas and tools to assist with the creation of your museum exhibit.

  • You could use a digital tool to create a virtual museum exhibit, or non-digital tools to create your museum display.
  • Use this graphic organizer to help you decide which artifacts will be placed in your museum exhibit.

Digital Tools

Non-Digital Tools

Lessons 16-20: Become a Cultural Storyteller

Research the origin of a cultural item, custom, belief, or practice to compose a fictional piece featuring this cultural element.

Here are some ideas and tools to assist you with your fictional narrative.

Here is a pre-writing planner to assist with the creation of your narrative.

You could use these tools to help create an animated story or to assist with the story writing process.

Pre-Writing Story Creation

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Unit 3: Making Scientific Connections

Lessons 15-18: Development of an Invention
Follow an inquiry-based process to research a scientific invention and create a group documentary explaining how the invention developed over time.

1. Meet with your group to review the criteria and member responsibilities for your documentary video project. Although this is a group project, each member will receive a grade for their individual contributions.

2. Your group will use these tools for planning the documentary:

  • Use the Interviews Checklist to plan interiews.
  • Use the Interview Request Form to line up interviewees.
  • Use the Storyboard to create a detailed description (drawing or text) of each camera shot for your documentary video. Include information from all group members' research notes. You will need to decide how your want to sequence and express the information from your research findings.
  • Some of your information will be expressed orally in the documentary. However, your group may also use posters, signs, diagrams, photos, props, etc. to provide or illustrate information.

3. Use the FlipCam to video-record the documentary. Refer to these tutorials as needed:

4. Use Windows Live Movie Maker to edit the film. Refer to these tutorials as needed:

movie maker Windows Live Movie Maker video

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Unit 4: Making Artistic Connections

Lesson 12: Multimedia Book Review
Compare and contrast traditional text forms with their graphic counterparts to determine the effectiveness of graphic text in communicating narrative elements. Use your written analysis to create a multimedia book review.

Compose Your Analysis Paragraph

  1. Use the Analysis Paragraph Pre-Writing sheet to organize your paragraph using details from your Original Text & Graphic Novel Adaptation notes.
  2. Write your paragraph.
  3. Have a classmate read your paragraph and complete the Peer Review section of the Analysis Paragraph Scoring Tool. Make revisions as needed.

Create Your Multimedia Book Review

  1. Review the procedure and criteria on Create a Multimedia Book Review, #4-9. Revisit the model multimedia book reviews and sample book trailers for ideas and inspiration:
  2. Locate images and sound from the Internet or from Microsoft Clip Art to illustrate and enhance your book review.
    • Copyrighted images and sound files may be used only in compliance with Fair Use in Education guidelines. You may not publish your work for an audience outside of school if copyrighted media is included.
    • You must cite the source URL for all images and sound used in your multimedia presentation. NOTE: Google Images and Bing are NOT original sources for any media! You must cite the original source URL!
  3. Refer to these guides for help with your selected multimedia creation tool:
  4. movie maker Windows Live Movie Maker video
  5. Have a classmate view your multimedia book review and complete the Peer Review section of the Multimedia Book Review Scoring Tool. Make revisions as needed.
PBA: Graphic Novel Adaptation
Adapt an episode from a previously read narrative text into graphic novel form, and compose a reflection about the choices you made as a writer and artist.
  1. Use the Graphic Novel Script Draft to write dialogue and organize your panels:
    • Decide when and how you will introduce your setting, characters, and conflict.
    • Decide what each character will say.
    • Sketch or write ideas for your panels in the space provided on the chart.
    • When finished with all dialogue, go back and decide the order of your panels.
  2. You may create your final product by writing and drawing your graphic novel by hand, or by using a digital tool.
    • If you prefer to create your graphic novel by hand, you may use these Graphic Novel Templates.
    • Consider using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, or one of these digital comic creation tools for creating your graphic novel adaptation.
Make Beliefs Comix
  • Select Click Me to View a Demo for instructions.
  • Select Enter Here to get started
  • Copy & Paste multiple 3-panel comics onto a Microsoft Word document to create your graphic novel.
Read Think Write comic creator
Graphix Comic Creator
  • Click on the Tutorial for instructions.

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jQuery Make Beliefs Comix Read Think Write Graphix Comic Builder Create: Skills and Tools