Units of Inquiry

How We Express Ourselves

Central Idea: Authors write to express and provoke ideas.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • ideas expressed by authors
  • the interactions between the reader and the writer
  • reflection on myself as a writer of fiction


Who We Are - October 17-December 2 

Central Idea: Systems and structures facilitate decision making.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Who makes the rules/laws
  • How rule/lawmakers get chosen
  • Changing laws


Where We Are in Place and Time - December 5-January 25
Central Idea: Migration reveals and responds to opportunities and challenges.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • reasons people move
  • adjusting to a new home
  • effects on communities, cultures, and individuals


How the World Works - January 30-March 10
Central Idea: Energy is used and manipulated for many purposes.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • sources and uses of electricity
  • magnetism
  • energy transformation


Sharing the Planet - March 13-April 28
Central Idea: Our personal choices change the environment.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • how waste is related to consumption
  • renewable and non-renewable resources
  • consumer choices and their consequences


How We Organize Ourselves - May 1-June 13
Central Idea: Geography reflects human and natural conditions.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • how maps work
  • characteristics of North America
  • questions and stories maps provoke