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TCI’s updated interactive middle school social studies curriculum will include new features to nurture student curiosity. In addition to video-based Geography Challenges, the History Alive! programs will include unit-based inquiry projects that allow students to explore compelling questions about social studies, as well as construct evidence-based arguments and take informed action.
At the beginning of a unit, students are introduced to thought-provoking questions like “How much are we able to know about the first human civilizations?” They are asked to conduct thought experiments such as choosing an object near them and imagining how people 1000 years in the future would interpret how civilizations today lived.
Based on the C3 inquiry arc, teachers can expect students to define compelling and supporting questions, conduct research, evaluate sources, construct evidence-based arguments, and create a plan for taking informed action.
Throughout the units, students will find four types of inquiry: Structured, Guided, Embedded Action, and Student-Directed. Each type of Inquiry Project provides a different level of guidance—from structured to open for students who want to pursue their own historical questions.
These approaches for inquiry are based on the C3 inquiry arc and provide different levels of guidance to support students as they drive their inquiry projects.
In addition to the unit Inquiry Projects, there are many opportunities to nurture student curiosity in TCI’s middle school social studies programs. From investigating primary sources to exploring multiple perspectives, the program’s rich resources will keep students asking questions and looking for answers.
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