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Guided Inquiry Process- Explore
Kuhlthau, Carol C., Leslie K. Maniotes, and Ann C. Caspari. 2012.
Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School. Libraries Unlimited.
Open Immerse Explore Identify Gather Create Share Evaluate
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Guided Inquiry Tools:

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Student lesson 2 prereading skimming scanning
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Teacher Resources

Teaching with graphic novels:

Guided Inquiry Tools:

  • Teacher's Guide to the EXPLORE Step
  • Example EXPLORE Session Plan | Model EXPLORE Session Plan | Session plan template
  • Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School (Book available in all BCPS Middle School Libraries)
  • About Inquiry Logs: The Inquiry Log is a simple but useful tool. You will see the benefit for students as they track their journey and the choices they make. It is also beneficial for the learning to monitor at a glance how students are making choices about their information use. Inquiry logs are introduced in Explore as a tool for keeping track of the students' choices of sources in the inquiry process. The students log sources that they think are useful or may be useful. As they find sources in those two categories, students record the date ,citation of source, and thoughts they have a they browse and dip in. In the thoughts column of the journal, students write a personal note, a brief comment, or a question oabout what is interesting. Thoughts should be a short, quick entry that is easy to refer to later.
    • About Inquiry Journal Prompts: In the explore phase, the Inquiry Journal is used for jotting down ideas from sources of information. Inquiry jornals become a list of questions, facts, and ideas that occur to students as they work through the Explore phase. The inquiry journal is a tool for formulating thoughts that lead to developing a meaningful inquiry question. The journal continues to be used to prepare for conversation in the inquiry circles that help students make decisisions about questions for investigation. Inquiry journals are used for reflecting after dip-in reading. Students are guided to use the journal for a 'recall, summarize, paraphrase, and extende exercise,' that is an exercise that leads to develping an inquiry question.

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