?nquiry in the Classroom is teaching students to observe, question and research by: reading for information, writing with purpose and accuracy and communicating this information to a community of learners.

Modeled Inquiry 


Teacher models research process

Teacher explains and models the sequence of instruction

*Structured Inquiry 

Centered Research

Students investigate a teacher-presented topic and related essential questions through a teacher-prescribed research process

Teacher leads the sequence of instruction and begins to release more responsibility for completing research tasks

*The focus of this web site is on Structured Inquiry


Guided Research

Students investigate a self-selected topic with teacher-assisted essential questions through a teacher-prescribed research process

Teacher guides and gives feedback  as students engage in more independent practice 


Centered Research

Students investigate self-selected topic and create related essential questions using a self-selected research process

Student directs his or her own learning utilizing inquiry-based literacy strategies
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