An Online Student Handbook for 21st Century Learning
The Inquire Online Middle School Handbook (Grades 6–8) is a complete learning guide covering 21st century skills, traditional study skills, the inquiry process, and project-based instruction. A classroom set includes 35 student seats and one free teacher seat with access to the online student handbook and the online teacher's guide.
The Inquire Online Student Handbook features all the great content of the print version, with linked cross-references and hundreds of additional resources and downloads. It's optimized for use on any device, from smartphone to Chromebook to interactive whiteboard. You and your students can access Inquire Online anywhere that you have Internet access. You'll find the following great instructional materials:
Part I: Building 21st Century Skills
- Overview of 21st Century Skills
- Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Problem Solving, Communicating, Collaborating, and Building Arguments
- Understanding Media, Using Social Media, Reading to Learn, Improving Vocabulary, and Following Basic Conventions
- Improving Study Skills, Succeeding in School, and Succeeding in the Workplace
Part II: Using the Inquiry Process
- Learning About the Inquiry Process
- Questioning and Planning
- Conducting Basic and Advanced Research
- Creating, Improving, and Presenting
Part III: Developing Projects
- Basic and Advanced Writing Projects
- Graphing, Web, Audio-Visual, and Design Projects
- Performing and Community Projects
The Inquire Online Teacher's Guide offers all of the supports you need to teach from the handbook, including fully linked standards correlations, downloadable extension and review activities, and hundreds of minilessons, team-teaching tips, and cross-curricular project suggestions.
Inquire Online 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.
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