Week One: What is inquiry?

Monday
Day 1: What is inquiry?  Game of clue  Students play and discuss the methods they used for inquiry  How is this different from previous ideas of research? Students will be able to:  Experiment with the process of inquiry  Understand how the process of inquiry is different than traditional research *See detailed lesson plan

Tuesday
Day 2: Why does it matter in general?  Tie to social matters  Why does it matter to me?  Choose three topics of interest from list  HW: KWLS - Fill in what they already know about each topic Students will be able to:  Understand the importance of inquiry as it relates to social matters  Choose topics that interest them  Determine their prior knowledge of the topics

Wednesday
Day 3: How do I engage in inquiry?  Methods of research  Practice with topic: Genocide  Credible sources  KWLS – Fill in what they want to know and how they could find that information  HW: Finish portion of KWLS Students will be able to:  Understand methods for effective research  Understand the difference between credible and illegitimate sources  Determine what they want to focus their inquiry on

Thursday
Day 4: Research Day  Researching possible topics and narrowing to a final decision  Research plan assigned and discussed  HW: Choose one topic for focus of inquiry Students will be able to:  Decide a specific topic for inquiry  Research a topic of their choice effectively  Understand the usefulness of a research plan and utilize it in their own inquiry

Friday
Day 5: Research Day  Researching specific topics  Working on Research plan  HW: Finish research plan for Monday Students will be able to:  Research a topic of their choice effectively  Utilize and complete the research plan

Week Two: Form = Audience + Purpose
Monday
Day 6: How does perspective affect “facts”?

Tuesday
Day 7: F = A + P (Determining Purpose)  Students reflect on their own opinion of their topic  Discuss how this might influence their inquiry  Students develop a purpose for their inquiry – take a stance Students will be able to:  Understand how their own perspective influences their inquiry  Use this information to develop a purpose for their inquiry

Wednesday
Day 8: F = A + P (Determining Audience)  Students brainstorm possible audiences and what they might know  Discuss specific ways to engage different audiences Students will be able to:  Understand different types of audience  Determine a specific audience for their inquiry  Understand how audience affects purpose and form

Thursday
Day 9: F = A + P (Determining Form)  Brainstorm forms of writing to give info on genocide  Students work in groups creating a “Sketch” or example of form, determining the purpose and audience for their form Students will be able to:  Work collaboratively to explore different forms/genres  Understand how form is determined by audience and purpose

Friday
Day 10: Introduction to Genres  Introduce project more specifically and the genres  Give examples of non-traditional forms  Fill out chart for each genre: purpose, possible audience, pros, and cons  HW: Narrow choices for genres Students will be able to:  Understand the difference between traditional and non traditional genres and how they can be manipulated 

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You For Smoking  Discussion of perspective and purpose affecting “facts”  Inquiry should have a purpose Students will be able to:  Consider the difference between truth and facts  Analyze and discuss the movie in terms of purpose and perspective *See detailed lesson plan

Week Three: Exploration of Genres
Monday
Day 11: Research Day  Research specific topics  Keep in mind possible genres  KWLS: Fill in what they are learning  Fill in genre plan Students will be able to:  Use their knowledge of form, audience, and purpose to research effectively  Narrow their topics further  Decide which genres they will be using

Tuesday
Day 12: Research Day  Research specific topics  Keep in mind possible genres  KWLS: Fill in what they are learning  Fill in genre plan  HW: Finish Genre Plan Students will be able to:  Use their knowledge of form, audience, and purpose to research effectively  Narrow their topic further  Decide which genres they will be using

Wednesday
Day 13: Putting a creative spin on “facts”  Students work in groups to read a news article about genocide  Each creates a creative “response” to the article in any form/genre they choose  Peer feedback and discussion Students will be able to:  Understand the facts from the article  Practice putting information into different genres *See detailed lesson plan

Thursday
Day 14: Workshop Day (Traditional Forms)  Review of traditional genres  Individual work time for first half of class  Peer review and workshop for second half  HW: Work on genres Students will be able to:  Understand and utilize traditional forms and genres  Work independently on their genres  Review and discuss their work with a partner

Friday
Day 15: Workshop Day (NonTraditional Forms)  Review of nontraditional genres  Individual work time for first half of class  Peer review and workshop for second half  HW: Work on genres Students will be able to:  Understand and utilize non traditional forms and genres  Work independently on their genres  Review and discuss their work with a partner

Week Four: Engaging Final Products
Monday
Day 16: Final Format (Polishing Touches)  How fonts and colors can be manipulated as components of form  Students take one genre and experiment with multiple sizes, fonts and colors  Discuss the effect each has on the actual piece of writing Students will be able to:  Experiment with the final form of their project  Understand how fonts and colors are components of final form

Tuesday
Day 17: Final Research Day  Discussion of inquiry as an ongoing process  Tie up any loose ends in research  HW: Finish genres for portfolio Students will be able to:  Use their knowledge of form, audience, and purpose to research effectively  Understand inquiry as an ongoing process  Put the finishing touches on their genres

Wednesday
Day 18: Final Project Due  Discuss things to mention in meeting  Practice meeting with multiple partners  HW: Prepare for meeting Students will be able to:  Understand the value of each genre they created  Prepare and practice for their meeting with an authentic audience

Thursday
Day 19: Inquiry as an ongoing process  KWLS: Fill out what they still want to know  Discussion of what this means in terms of inquiry  Review of process of inquiry  Time for writing individual reflections on process  HW: Finish reflection Students will be able to:  Understand inquiry as an ongoing process  Reflect on their own process of inquiry ***Meetings

Friday
Day 20: How can inquiry be put to use? (Intro. To Next Unit)  Review of inquiry of genocide  Fill out as partners and then class a KWLS for this topic  Introduce ideas in terms of new unit on WWII and Night Students will be able to:  Recall what they have learned about genocide  Use this knowledge to set the scene for the next unit

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