At high school, each Inquiry By Design course of study is made up of six units featuring detailed, but flexible, lesson plans aimed at building critical, standards-aligned, grade-level 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 high school course of study feature
- Independent reading initiatives focused on selecting books, setting goals, and tracking progress.
- Compelling short fiction as a basis for in-depth orientation to the process of developing and writing text-based arguments.
- Error journal work that supports and reinforces grade-appropriate language conventions by having students identify, track, and solve grammatical errors in their own writing.
- Engaging informational texts to help students learn to determine and analyze the development of central ideas and arguments.
- Challenging literary nonfiction to build the strategies, skills, and tenacity to deal with difficulty head on.
- Substantial, scaffolded research-based writing projects where students try out the methods, style, and structure of some of the smartest and most engaging contemporary writers.
- Multi-text studies marked by close reading, text-based writing, and collaborative discussion that support students to compose their own arguments, narratives, reports, and essays on complex issues.
- Repeated, supported summary writing practice opportunities to ensure growth in this critical form of writing.
Grade 9 Units
- Foundations For Inquiry (O’Connor and Canin)
- Reading Intelligence (Informational Texts)
- Dealing With Difficulty (Church and Tocqueville)
- Borderlands: Theories and Stories
- Tracing Cultural Influences: A Study of Research-Based Report Writing
- The Icarus Tales (Retellings)
*Optional add-on: People, Places, and Things: Reading and Writing Poetry
Grade 10 Units
- Foundations For Inquiry (Baxter and Didion)
- Language and Thought (Informational Texts)
- Dealing With Difficulty (McPherson and Plato)
- Language Matters: Essays and Arguments
- Models and Methods of Research
- The Demon Lover (Retellings)
*Optional add-on: Poetry Traditions: Reading Difficult Texts
Grade 11 Units
- Foundations For Inquiry (Jones and Hempel)
- Bias and Assumption in Research (Informational Texts)
- Dealing With Difficulty (Winthrop and Ross)
- Writing to Witness, Writing to Testify
- Spreading Innovations: Study and Research
- Interpreting Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire (Retellings)
Grade 12 Units
- Foundations For Inquiry (Lahiri and Gordimer)
- Science Writing for Lay Audiences (Informational Texts)
- Dealing With Difficulty (Orwell and Montaigne)
- Being and Unbeing: A Study of Four Poets
- How We Learn: Research-Based Report Writing
- Shakespeare at the Movies: Much Ado About Nothing (Retellings)