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Big 6+ Inquiry GLEs for 6th-12th Grade: 7th Grade GLE (C4 Explorers) 3rd Qtr

Lesson Overview

This project is to be completed during 3rd quarter.

The goal of this inquiry project is for students to explore if exploration is worth the risk.  Students will present their findings as an argument speech.

Proficiency Scales coming soon

To help prepare students for this GLE, the classroom teacher can use the student Performance Assessment workbook Unit 1 Argumentative essay materials.  These steps use articles related to investigating the unknown.


This is a collaborative lesson taught by both the classroom teacher and the school librarian. Get in contact with your school librarian early to discuss scheduling and teaching responsibilities.

This lesson plan is a guideline. If you need to make minor adjustments or changes to best suit the needs of your students or the resources in your building, please do so. If you have questions about the curricular requirements, please contact Shelley Erickson or Julie Schik.

At the completion of this lesson, you will need to send two student examples each of a level 2, 3, and 4 project to your curriculum specialist or department head who will in turn submit them to your supervisor.  This can be electronically or as a hard copy.

Task Definition (1)

 Teacher—prior to this assignment, students will read persuasive speeches from the textbook such as John F. Kennedy’s “Remarks at the Dedication of the Aerospace Medical Health Center.”  Students will choose an explorer to research.  Students may select off a provided list or make a case for their own selection.

Inquiry Question:  “Is exploration worth the risk” (Use items under Gather Information in Teacher’s Edition on pg. 215 to frame thinking.)

Teacher will introduce the requirements for the project.  Librarian can help students explore possible topics.

Formative Assessment: Verify all information is recorded on student handouts (can be a visual check or graded assessment)

Info Seeking/Location & Access (2/3)

With direct instruction from the school librarian (with support from the classroom teacher) on search strategies and recommended resources, students will locate required information about exploration.

Possible Sources of information:


  •    Highly recommend clicking on the Authors button.  Have students read through the descriptions. Discuss if the bios of the authors sound legitimate.  THEN, click on the link at the bottom that says “click here for the real story…”

At the bottom of each explorer’s page, there is a link for other recommended sources.  On the recommended sources page, there is a great paragraph at the top talking about how while the sources below were great at the time they were posted, the content may have changed over time, and to still evaluate the information.

Formative Assessment:  Consistent and frequent verbal and visual checks with student to assess if they are able to access quality resources.

Your librarian will use your school's direct links to the following district databases when working with students.

Use of Information (4)

Teacher will guide students through transferring information into a notes organizer. (TBD by teacher and/or self-selected by students.  Outline example is included below).

With direct instruction and support from the school librarian, students will create citations for their sources.  Recommendation to use district subscription to Noodle Tools.  If using Gale Student Resources in Context, citations are provided in the database.

Formative Assessment:  Visual checks for completion.  And/or, individual conferencing with students to determine if ready to move on to synthesis and sharing.

Synthesis & Sharing (5)

Teacher will review the requirements for the final project and assist students as necessary. 

Required:  An argument speech that includes a thesis statement, idea development, transitions, and a restatement of the thesis.  Information on drafting an essay is included in the Teacher’s Edition on pg. 216 with revision info on pg. 217.  Products should include students’ personal perspective based on information gathered from resources.

Formative Assessment: Rough draft feedback.

Summative Assessment: Use the provided proficiency scale.

Self-Evaluation (6)

Teacher will guide students as they complete the self-evaluation form containing teacher selected items from the form included on the libguide.

OR use the questions in the Reflect on the Process section of the Teacher’s Edition on the left side of pg. 218.

The self-evaluation can be as brief (one question) or as long as the teacher deems necessary.  This can be a graded or non-graded activity.   

Citation Resources

Noodle Tools

Noodletools provides a format for creating research papers.  It provides an area for notetaking, citation creation, and paper formation.

Guides for using Noodle Tools

This 20 minute video gives an overview on how to use NoodleTools.

This video shows how to create a new project.

This video shows how to check the format of your citation.

This video shows how to add a preformatted citation from a database or website.

Omaha Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, genetic information, citizenship status, or economic status in its programs, activities and employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individual has been designated to address inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Superintendent of Schools, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).

Las Escuelas Públicas de Omaha no discriminan basados en la raza, color, origen nacional, religión, sexo, estado civil, orientación sexual, discapacidad , edad, información genética, estado de ciudadanía, o estado económico, en sus programas, actividades y empleo, y provee acceso equitativo a los “Boy Scouts” y a otros grupos juveniles designados. La siguiente persona ha sido designada para atender estas inquietudes referentes a las pólizas de no discriminación: El Superintendente de las Escuelas, 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68131 (402-557-2001).