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MS - ZIS Middle School Library: Inquiry Process

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Wondering and Tuning In


  • What interests me about this idea or topic?

  • What do i already know or think i know about this topic?

  • What background information would help me get an overview of my topic?

Tuning In:

  • What intriguing questions do I have about this topic or idea?

  • Why am I doing this research?

  • What do I expect to find?

Avoiding Plagiarism


  • Is my product/presentation as effective as i can make it?

  • How well did my inquiry/research process go?

  • How can i get feedback on my final product to use in my next inquiry/research project?

  • What new understanding did i develop about the topic?

  • What did i learn about inquiry?



  • What are the sources that might be used?

  • Which sources will be most useful and valuable?

  • How do I locate these sources?

  • How do I find the information within each source?

  • How do I evaluate the information I find?
  • What system will I use to record my cited sources?

Evaluating Sources

  • How can I apply what i’ve learned in the classroom and beyond?

  • How can we inform others of this?

  • What now?   Where can I go from here?

  • What more can I do?  

  • How can I help?

  • What have I learnt?

  • What do I still want to know?

  • How do I know others (my audience) understood my ideas and information?

  • How will I use what I have learned?

Creating and Sharing


  • Have any main ideas emerged from the research?

  • Did I find enough evidence to form an opinion or sort my ideas?

  • What patterns or tools will help me make sense of my information?


  • How will I present my conclusions and evidence effectively to the intended audience?

  • What technology will help me create a product or presentation?

  • How will I get help to revise and edit my product?
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