Teacher Guide for an "Inquiry Leading to Understanding" Project

Kidding Around California

By Cindy Richardson, Patricia Kephart
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"What gives a city its "aura" -- makes it feel special?"

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City Questions

Instructional Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

Teacher introduces the concept that each city has a special feeling--a sense about it that attracts people. The teacher reads The City By the Bay, by Tricia Brown.
The class generates probing questions about cities using San Francisco as an example. Students brainstorm in pairs questions they have about their city using a developing subsidiary questions worksheet.
The class comes back together. Teacher records brainstorm using Inspiration on a big screen. Teacher guides the discussion to discover these subsidiary questions: How do you think location effects a city? What do you think is special about this city? What important things do you think goes on in this city?

California Content Standards
English and Language Arts
Grade Four
ELA.4.2.0. Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
ELA.4.2.3. Write information reports:
a. Frame a central question about an issue or situation.
b. Include facts and details for focus.
c. Draw from more than one source of information (e.g., speakers, books, newspapers, other media sources).


2.How to develop subsidiary questionsHandoutsubquest.doc
3.The City by the Bay, by Tricia BrownBook

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