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A Student Handbook for 21st Century Learning

Inquire High School Student Handbook (Grades 9-12) is a complete learning guide for college and career readiness. Students use it to develop 21st century skills and traditional study skills. Teachers use it to teach the inquiry process and facilitate project-based instruction. This handbook also works across the curriculum to deepen students' thinking in science, social studies, math, and language arts.

Also, check out the Teacher's Guide to the Inquire Student Handbook. For free downloadable templates, additional models, and links to great sites, check out the handbook additional resources and the teacher's guide additional resources.

The Inquire student handbook has three main parts.

Part I: Building 21st Century Skills

  • Overview of 21st Century Skills
  • Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Problem Solving, Communicating, Collaborating, and Building Arguments
  • Succeeding in School and College, Improving Study Skills, Reading to Learn, Building Your Vocabulary, Writing to Learn, and Taking Exit and Entrance Exams
  • Developing Visual Literacy, Improving Information and Media Literacy, Creating Internet Literacy, Using Social Media, Developing Financial Literacy, and Succeeding in the Workplace

Part II: Using the Inquiry Process

  • Understanding the Inquiry Process
  • Questioning and Planning
  • Conducting Basic and Advanced Research
  • Creating, Improving, and Presenting

Part III: Developing Projects

  • Basic and Advanced Writing Projects
  • Data, Graphing, Audio-Visual, and Design Projects
  • Performing Projects, Community Projects, and Web Projects

Inquire helps students . . .

  • build 21st century skills such as critical and creative thinking, problem solving, communicating, and collaborating;
  • improve information and media literacy by using the library and Internet, reading to learn, taking notes, evaluating media messages, finding reliable Web sites, using primary sources, documenting sources, and avoiding plagiarism;
  • develop inquiry skills such as questioning, planning, researching, creating, improving, and presenting; and
  • create amazing projects, from writing and graphic projects to design and community projects.


What education needs in today's world

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Changed my perspective

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“Learn skills that are real. Inquire changed my perspective on education.”

—Oliver Schinkten

Quality Resources

"I am a literacy professor and a big fan of Thoughtful Learning resources. In the courses I teach for in-service and pre-service teachers, I often share Thoughtful Learning resources for teaching writing and inquiry-based instruction. It's important for teachers to see quality resources that encourage deeper thought and promote learning in interactive and meaningful ways."

—Dr. Beth Dobler

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Standards Correlations:

The State Standards provide a way to evaluate your students' performance.