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- Determine the research topic students will be studying.
- Identify three to five media selections that you want students to use as the basis of their research. These could include video, audio, reading passages or transcripts. List these on the I-Chart graphic organizer.
- Preview the media selections and develop three to five thought-provoking questions to guide student thinking. List these on the I-Chart graphic organizer.
- Provide students with a copy of the I-Chart graphic organizer you’ve prepared and the media selections they should use for
- Ask students to take a minute to fill in any information they think they already know.
Provide time for students to review each media selection and add information to the I-Chart. Be sure to point out that there is a place on the organizer for them to record additional information they think might be important, as well as new questions they have as a result of their research.
Finally, after students have explored the media selections and completed the chart, ask them to synthesize the information and write a summary of their findings.
Being able to gather information from a variety of sources is an increasing necessity in the 21st century. The Inquiry Chart enables students to explore a topic, compare and contrast information from a variety of sources, and organize their thoughts.
Have students work in pairs or small groups using a Google Doc that is set up with a prepared I-Chart. Assign each student a font color that they will use when contributing ideas to the chart. Doing this helps distinguish who contributed what pieces of information to the chart, ensuring accountability for all group members. Ask students to then work together to compare and contrast the information and create a comprehensive summary. Tip: Have students start with different sources so each has expert knowledge to share.