Inquiry-Based Teaching: Powerful Ideas

Grades 9-12 / History / Inquiry
CCSS: ELA.SL.9-10.1a ELA.SL.9-10.1c

Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

SL

Speaking and Listening Standards 6-€“12

9-10

9th & 10th Grades

1a

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-€“10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others'€™ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.

b. Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.

c. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.

d. Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.

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Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

SL

Speaking and Listening Standards 6-12

9-10

9th & 10th Grades

1c

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others'€™ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.

b. Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.

c. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that relate the current discussion to broader themes or larger ideas; actively incorporate others into the discussion; and clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions.

d. Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views and understanding and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented.

Download Common Core State Standards (PDF 1.7 MB)
Inquiry-Based Teaching Series
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Lesson Objective
Explore powerful and sometimes controversial ideas during discussions
Length
27 min
Questions to Consider
Mr. Barlowe says he asks students what texts mean to them. What effect does this have on class discussions?
What role does the text play in facilitating these discussions?
Why does Mr. Barlowe mean when he says there aren't any clear conclusions, only clear arguments?
Common Core Standards
ELA.SL.9-10.1a, ELA.SL.9-10.1c

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Grades 9-12 / History / Inquiry

Inquiry-Based Teaching: Powerful Ideas