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Guided Inquiry in Action: High School: EXPLORE


"In the EXPLORE phase...students browse through various sources to information to explore interesting ideas and prepare to develop their inquiry questions...The Learning Team guides students to browse and scan a variety of sources, Students dip into a few sources to make sense of the information they find and raise lots of further questions...Guiding students through exploring leads [students] to form a meaningful inquiry question" (8-9)  



Explore Interesting Ideas

Look Around

Dip In


  • Exploring the information landscape
  • Generating questions
  • Skimming and scanning
  • Making inferences
  • Summarizing information
  • Distinguishing between facts and opinions
  • Organizing information

Inquiry Standards

SS.IS.1.9-12. Address essential questions that reflect an enduring issue in the field.

SS.IS.3.9-12. Develop new supporting and essential questions through investigation, collaboration, and using diverse sources.