A GID Chapter: A Practical GID Project for High School Senior Composition


Once I experienced the Guided Inquiry Design (GID) process with the National History Day (NHD) project, and witnessed the students’ engagement and excitement for research, I knew I had to replicate that process in my other writing classes.  I’m going to describe a writing project I routinely used in a very technical course with time at a premium.

My class that continually proved complicated for research instruction was my Senior Composition Honors class.  The class was designed to be extremely practical for students.  It was unique in that the goals of the class included preparing students for college writing and/or occupational writing, while also granting technical college credit in composition.  It was a diverse group of students, to say the least.  Students wrote various essays, created functional resumes, applied for scholarships, and completed their college applications.  My job was to introduce them to as many different types of writing as might be found in their future endeavors.  And…to make things more complicated, I only had a semester in which to do it.

As you might imagine, finding time for realistic research was nearly impossible.  Anyone who has taught a research project in a large class knows that it takes a significant amount of time.  Before using GID, research projects took a minimum of 6-8 weeks.  Often, they would stretch on well past that constraint.  Much time was wasted and keeping students on task was a constant battle.

Enter GID in Senior Composition Honors… Continue reading