Strong inquiry-based instruction has been proven to engage all students at higher levels of reading and thinking. Shared Inquiry enhances all the basic language arts skills—reading comprehension, critical thinking, writing, speaking, and listening—and enables students to learn more across the curriculum.
In this course, you will learn about the Great Books Foundation’s Shared Inquiry method of reading and discussion, which is designed to help readers of all ages:
- Read with greater comprehension.
- Think critically about substantive ideas.
- Share thoughts and opinions effectively.
- Find meaning in outstanding literature.
In this course, participants will:
- Learn questioning strategies to lead productive, text-based discussions that are lively and focused.
- Help build students’ reading, critical thinking, writing, and oral communication skills.
- Learn criteria for identifying texts that yield the richest experience when used with the Shared Inquiry method.
- Practice writing interpretive questions and using follow-up questions to involve students of all ages and proficiency levels.
- Learn strategies that challenge students to go further with their ideas and opinions.
- Move from a prescriptive, instructional approach to an inquiry-based, collaborative approach.
By the end of the course, educators learn:
- The distinguishing features of Shared Inquiry.
- The importance of selecting complex texts.
- The Shared Inquiry sequence of activities.
- What types of questions support each Shared Inquiry objective.
- Close reading activities.
- How to lead a student-driven Shared Inquiry discussion.
- How to assess student performance.
- How to integrate Shared Inquiry into their curriculum.
- Experiencing Shared Inquiry
» Close reading
» Seating chart and discussion guidelines
» Participating in Shared Inquiry
» Elements and benefits of Shared Inquiry
- Preparing to Lead Shared Inquiry Discussion
» Questions in Shared Inquiry
» Drafting, testing, and revising interpretive questions
- Leading Shared Inquiry Discussion
» Creating a climate for discussion
» Asking follow-up questions
» Discussion logistics
- Implementing Shared Inquiry in Your Classroom
» Activity sequences in Great Books programs
» Assessment and reflection
» Introducing Shared Inquiry to your students
See how you can earn continuing education credit when you complete the course.