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Guided Inquiry Process- Immerse 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.
Before we get too specific in our research, we will Immerse ourselves in some resources and conversation to build background knowledge about a broad topic together. We might read a book, story or article; view a video; or visit a Website or a museum. Each of us will discover ideas that matter to us individually. We'll reflect on the ideas and information we have discovered. Don't worry if you haven't thought of a good research topic or question by the time we are finished with the Immerse step. Ideas for specific research topics and inquiry questions will become clearer as we move through the inquiry.

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UNIT 1 - Connecting Research

PBA #1: 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 3:
Use these resources to build some background knowledge on the broad topic of legends and strange phenomena.

World Book Student encyclopedia article: Folklore;
see especially the subsection on Legends.
mysterious creatures video
Video: Mysterious Creatures

myths and legends
Website: Myths and Legends

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Database article: Paranormal Phenomena

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.

NBC Learn
Video clips about some debatable issues:

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Unit 2 - Making Cultural Connections: Connecting Experiences Across Cultures

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.

Have you ever visited a museum? If you have, share what you observed. Why do people go to museums?

Explore some "virtual museums" that feature collections of cultural artifacts.

  • Think-Pair-Share: What did you observe? How does a virtual museum compare to a real museum?


American Museum of Natural History
Choose from the list of "Human Origins and Cultural Halls"
to explore artifacts within the collections.

Field Museum

The Field Museum
Choose from the list of collections on the left side of the page to explore artifacts from that culture. Then select "view all collections" from within the page to explore a list of artifacts.

Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Museums
Choose from the list of Smithsonian Museums on the left side of the page to explore the museums and their collections.

Explore one of these
Baltimore area art museums

The Baltimore Museum of Art BMA The Walters Art Museum walters art museum

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.

The TumbleBooks children's picture books linked below offer us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the lives and experiences of kids from different cultures. Read, view and listen to one of these e-Books with audio narration to discuss how elements of culture are reflected in the characters, plot, and setting of the story.

Bintu's Braids

Best Mariachi in the World

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UNIT 3 - Making Scientific Connections: Connecting to our World through Science

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.

Build background knowledge about the history of technology and inventions:

Top inventions inspired by sci fi 4 Real Inventions Inspired by Science Fiction

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UNIT 4 - Making Artistic Connections: Connecting Ideas through Words and Pictures

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: 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. Review the introduction and requirements for this PBA: From Now to Wow!
  2. DIscover interesting ideas for your own graphic novel by previewing a variety of graphic novels in print, eBook, or or digital format:

DestinyQuest Destiny Quest

  • Browse books in the Graphic Novel section of your school library for inspiration.
  • Do an Advanced Search in DESTINY, limiting your search to books with Call Number prefix GN.
TumbleBooks Cloud TumbleBooks Cloud

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