In guided inquiry, teachers help students use their own language for constructing knowledge by active listening and questioning. Through dialogic reading and inquiry activities, students are able to explore their interests, deepen their understanding of texts, and process their own reasoning. For writing, students can engage in guided inquiry activities that ignite curiosity as a way to brainstorm and develop ideas.
Learn how this fifth grade teacher asks open-ended questions to prompt student thinking during a writing lesson. As she guides their reasoning and repeats the language they use, her students develop their abilities to analyze a peer's response to a reading.