Inquiry By Design’s middle 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 including
- Creating a Text-Based Culture (Independent Reading and Writing)Creating a Text-Based CultureThese foundational studies establish classroom routines that support students in developing the habits of lifelong readers and writers. Topics include setting up literacy notebooks, establishing independent reading projects, and exposing students to the problem-solving strategies and practices of avid readers and accomplished authors.
- Introduction to Argument: Writing About LiteratureIntroduction to Argument: Writing About LiteratureThese introductory studies provide students with an in-depth orientation to the development of text-based arguments about literature. Students engage in carefully sequenced cycles of reading, writing, and discussion that culminate in formal, written arguments about engaging short fiction.
- 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. In both units, students experience sequences of reading, writing, and discussion that culminate in formal writing tasks.
- Writing Across the Types: Narrative, Exposition, and ArgumentWriting Across the Types: Narrative, Exposition, and ArgumentThese writing-intensive units invite students to participate in “conversations” about ideas that matter — whether it’s wrestling with questions about why fairy tales matter, exploring how other people’s stories can shape their own experience of growing up, or investigating how and why authors might choose to reveal or obscure their voice in a text. In addition to text-based argument tasks, students also take on significant writing projects in each study.
- Analysis, Explanation, and Argument: Reading Nonfiction Like a DetectiveAnalysis, Explanation, and Argument: Reading Nonfiction Like a DetectiveThese units invite students to craft, test and refine “reading below the surface” theories for reading nonfiction. Driven by detective fiction and award-winning reportage, students read and write about texts in ways that push beyond superficial comprehension into the realm of inference, analysis, and inquiry.