During guided inquiry, teachers foster student autonomy by designing lessons centered on meaningful questions in which students locate, analyze, and present relevant information on their own or in small groups. Incorporating teacher modeling and content texts during the inquiry process can help students build Disciplinary Literacy and provide content and models for original Composition.
Starting at 0:50, watch how this high school teacher uses guided inquiry to promote Critical Literacy skills. By grounding their work in a big question, students must reason and answer the question from a variety of perspectives from the literature they are reading. At the end, students make a presentation about what they learned to younger students, modelling their thinking and learning as well as finding their voice in the process.
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