Inquiry By Design’s elementary school curriculum features vertically and horizontally aligned units of study that can be used together as a full course of study or individually to target growth in specific skill areas such as:
- Creating a Text-Based CultureCreating a Text-Based CultureThese introductory units help teachers create rich, inquiry-based classroom cultures by establishing the essential rituals, routines, tools, and practices around independent reading, shared reading, and literacy notebooks. At each grade level, self-selected reading and writing projects intertwine in ways that increase engagement and provide intensive practice in reading, writing, and text-based discussion. (Independent Reading and Writing)
- Reading and Writing About Informational TextsReading and Writing About Informational TextsUsing engaging, grade-appropriate readings in social studies and science, students learn to determine and analyze the development of central ideas and arguments in informational texts. After guiding students through cycles of comprehension and analysis work marked by reading, writing, and collaborative discussion, each unit culminates in scaffolded opportunities to compose explanatory essays.
- Novel Studies: Thinking With LiteratureNovel Studies: Thinking With LiteratureDesigned around three engaging novels, these units take students into texts, tasks, and topics worthy of sustained attention. Cycles of reading, comprehension tasks, and small- and large-group discussion scaffold grade-appropriate writing projects.
- Reading and Writing About LiteratureReading and Writing About LiteratureThe first unit of this series guides students through cycles of comprehension and analysis work necessary to determine, analyze, and write about themes in literature. In the second unit, students continue reading, writing, and collaborating, this time applying their work with themes across two texts. Both units culminate in supported opportunities to compose explanatory essays.