Inquiry By Design’s high 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:
- Introduction to Argument: Writing About LiteratureIntroduction to Argument: Writing About LiteratureAfter establishing the routines to support an independent reading initiative that will guide students’ self-selected reading over the year, these units move into an introduction (or review) of argument and interpretation. Students wrestle with short fiction as they revisit the practice of crafting text-based arguments distinguished by clear claims and supported by compelling explanations anchored in specific evidence from the text.
- Reading and Writing About Informational and Literary NonfictionReading and Writing About Informational and Literary NonfictionIn the first unit, students work with thematically linked pairs of complex informational texts to determine the central ideas, how they unfold, and the methods writers employ to develop content. In the second unit, students work with complex literary nonfiction to develop the skills, tenacity, and mindset that can only be acquired through thoughtful encounters with difficult texts.
- Retellings: Analyzing Stories Across TimeRetellings: Analyzing Stories Across TimeThis series is designed around that notion of retellings—the idea that authors draw upon and transform stories that have already been told and, in the process, create new meanings. The work sketched out these units is inquiry-based and places a strong emphasis on rereading, writing, discussion, and collaboration.
- Reading and Writing Reports of InformationReading and Writing Reports of InformationStudents read and study texts by some of today’s smartest and most engaging report writers before tackling substantial and carefully scaffolded research-based report writing projects where they “try out” the methods, style, and structure observed in the models.
- Reading and Writing Across Multiple TextsReading and Writing Across Multiple TextsWhether writing their own “borderlands” stories, tackling their own documentary project, or locating themselves in the bilingualism debate or the arguments poets make across clusters of poems, students engage in text-based discussions about complex issues and then compose a variety of papers that permit them an active, “insider’s view” on the topics. All studies are marked by sequences of close reading, collaborative discussion, and culminate in significant writing projects.