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

Guided Inquiry Process- Evaluate 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.
The Evaluate phase, which closes our research process, is essential. Although you may have noticed there have been forms of assessment throughout this research process, we also evaluate at the end so each of us can see if we've met our learning goals. Part of this procss includes self-reflection. You'll be asked to reflect while the entire research process is fresh in your mind. This will help to reinforce the content you've learned, and it also establishes a good habit for learning how to learn through the inquiry process. You will see there are many tools and options for evaluation and self-reflection. The goal is to find an evaluation tool that relates well to your learner and helps you to grow as a researcher.
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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.

Lesson 10:
Use this Evaluation Sheet to reflect on your research process.
Use this Legend or Strange Phenomenon Informational Essay Rubric to self-evaluate your essay.

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 15: Use this Philosophical Chairs Reflection to evaluate your work. *Philosophical Chairs Rules of Engagement

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.

Follow your teacher's directions to complete the Peer and Self-Editing Chart to evaluate and revise your final product.

Use the Final Self-Reflection on Inquiry to reflect on your research process.

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.

Use this criteria check list to make sure your finished product meets the success criteria for this learning task.

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.

You have conducted research in order to trace the development of an invention over time. You presented the story of this invention, including pictures/artifacts to show its stages of development including creation, growth, and change. You worked in a group to create a documentary video for sharing your research findings.

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.
PBA #2: 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.
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