At middle school, each Inquiry By Design course of study is made up of seven units featuring detailed, flexible lesson plans aimed at building critical, standards-aligned literacy skills. Each unit is built around challenging, grade-appropriate texts and spiraling cycles of work marked by reading, writing, and collaborative small-group and whole-class discussion. All grades of Inquiry By Design’s middle school courses of study feature
- Independent reading and writing initiatives focused on selecting books and writing projects, setting goals, and tracking progress.
- Compelling texts used to springboard rich conversation and meaningful writing in argument, informational, and narrative genres.
- Detective fiction, essays, and reportage that push students beyond superficial comprehension into the realm of inference, analysis, and inquiry.
- Flexible, inquiry-based instructional resources for writing that allow teachers to address students’ demonstrated needs.