Inquiry and research: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and thinking using multiple texts. The student engages in both short-term and sustained recursive inquiry processes for a variety of purposes.
Knowledge and Skills Statement
A knowledge and skills statement is a broad statement of what students must know and be able to do. It generally begins with a learning strand and ends with the phrase “The student is expected to:” Knowledge and skills statements always include related student expectations.
Provide strong and weak examples of research questions and guide a discussion about what constitutes a strong research question. Then, task students with creating focused questions to guide their own research whether for formal purposes (e.g., a research paper that incorporates multiple sources into an academic essay on a topic) or informal purposes (e.g., students inquiring into a topic simply to have a better awareness of the topic). Evaluate student questions and determine how well they narrow the topic, lend to a research project, and suit the task.
Topics and tasks related to formal and informal inquiry can be student or teacher selected. For example, a student may be required to write a formal research paper but have freedom to choose the student’s topic and research questions or be required to research a topic of the teacher's choosing. Likewise, students may informally inquire into a topic to learn more about it for their own interest or based on teacher prompting.
This assessment requires students to choose a topic for research and make decisions about what questions they hope the research will answer.
Glossary Support for ELA.8.12.A
Related 2009 Student Expectation
This student expectation is related to the following SE from the 2009 reading/language arts TEKS.
(22) Research/Research Plan. Students ask open-ended research questions and develop a plan for answering them. Students are expected to:
1. Lewis, K. R., Simmons, S., & Maniotes, L. (2018). Building a culture for learner voice and choice through inquiry. Teacher Librarian, 45(4), 2427. Retrieved from https://go.galegroup.com
Summary: The guided inquiry design is presented as a strategy to improve student writing process. The target of the strategy is to provide more opportunities for students to be engaged in and motivated by the writing process. The inquiry design focuses on student choice and student voice incubated in a culture in which students are encouraged to ask questions and classroom instruction is guided by participatory dialogue.
2. Maniotes, L. K. (2019). Getting to great questions for inquiry and research. Teacher Librarian, 46(3), 17–20. Retrieved from https://www.gale.com
Summary: This article provides an overview on how to use guided inquiry as a means to increase students' capacity to comprehend a text. However, Guided Inquiry Design is often used as an inquiry process for research and ways to gain a deeper understanding and gain information.The article included resources that provide additional support.