My Hyper-Handy HyperDoc Inquiry Journals

Happy Friday, friends! It’s Kelsey Barker back again to wrap up our week discussing the HyperDoc Inquiry Journals I made with my friend and colleague Paige Littlefield.

As I mentioned on Wednesday, I knew HyperDocs would be the perfect solution to keep students (and teachers!) organized through a cross-curricular GID unit last spring. I asked Paige to come over to my school and work with me to develop the doc, and I’m really proud of what we came up with:

The table of contents

The first page of the inquiry journal features of a Table of Contents. Each day links directly to the corresponding day in the HyperDoc. No matter if students are working on Open or Evaluate, they can easily navigate their journals no matter how long the document ends up being.

The second section of the inquiry journal features a Resources section, where students can easily find several resources they will use throughout the unit.

Resources Page


Below the resources in the Open section. After some trial and error, Paige and I decided it was most efficient to connect the Language Arts and Social Studies activities each day. We built in instructions for every day’s activities right into the journal so that written instructions were right in front of the students as they worked through the process.

Each phase is tabbed on the left side, which helps with navigation as well. And just to be extra type-A, we color coded each phase in the journal to match the GID phase posters I have in my library:


The GID Reflection Wall in my library


Thanks to the flexibility of the HyperDoc format, we built inquiry logs, quick write, pair-shares, and exit tickets right into the journal. This made it easy to provide students with the structures they need to be successful while keeping it seamless and easy to navigate.


Each day’s activity for each class features starter, work time, and reflection components, based on the session plan from the GID institute.



Our school uses Google Classroom, so once this Inquiry Journal was completed, it was assigned to students through their Language Arts class and then shared with their Social Studies teacher so that everyone could access their work.

The final Inquiry Journal, before students wrote in it, is around 20 pages in length. When I saw that, I knew that we had made the right choice in choosing HyperDocs for inquiry journals. Especially with multiple courses and teachers involved, HyperDocs gave students a common structure that helped them stay organized no matter if they were in Social Studies or Language Arts. Students who were absent were easily able to see what they missed by accessing their inquiry journals from home, and students couldn’t lose their journals or leave them at home accidentally. Most importantly, digital journals allowed the entire learning team the ability to check in on a student’s progress at any point during the process, leave feedback, and generally keep tabs on how students were working through the unit.

Since this unit, I have used a similar style of HyperDoc Inquiry Journals with other GID units, including the 6th grade unit we are currently working on. They are easy to customize for each unit, and I appreciate their functionality for all kinds of students. Right now I have to say I’m especially grateful for the “Revision History” feature in Google Docs… that has come in handy as my 6th graders accidentally delete their work!

This summer, Paige and I presented at another local conference about our joint HyperDoc endeavor, and I can tell you I’m not the only GID practitioner in our district who is excited about using HyperDoc Inquiry Journals. Between new technology, professional development, and the brain trust of my educator friends, I love to constantly grow and improve my practice… and I hope our story might be useful to growing in your own practice as well!

Thanks for following along this week. I’m sure I’ll be back to talk GID with you again soon!

Kelsey Barker


  1. Come back often Kelsey! Thank you and Paige for sharing your wisdom with us! It’s so exciting to see how you’ve pulled these resources all together into one digital format.
    Keep reflecting on students experience with it. Does it constrain them? Is it flexible enough so all learners have wiggle room? I love all the positives you are finding- if any negatives crop up- don’t forget to share those as well because that’s where we learn too!

    This is awesome tech integration – real next level stuff. Thanks for doing it and sharing it with us!
    Leslie Maniotes, Author of GID

  2. This is really, really cool and a great idea! Thanks for sharing this. You have inspired me to create something similar for our upcoming 8th grade government GID unit.

  3. These are so interesting – but I’d love to be able to click on the small image and *see* what each one says!

  4. This is really interesting. I’m studying guided inquiry and how students can keep track of their research. I love you Hyperdoc and would like to explore it further as an example for an assignment. Would you be willing to share a copy of your document?

  5. Kelsey,
    This is outstanding. I’m about to launch a term-long inquiry project with my Honors English 9 teachers. Would you be willing to share your HyperDoc?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Ms Werner!
      I sent you an email! Please feel free to reply with any follow up questions.
      Leslie Maniotes, PhD Author GID

  6. Hi Leslie
    This document looks fantastic and would be wonderful for my students. Would you be willing to share copy? We are planning school wide inquiry projects and of course I am looking for ways to get it all online and easily accessible for overseeing.

  7. Hi Leslie,

    I am a Teacher librarian/student and was wondering if I could have your permission to make a copy of this document And change somethings for my own guided Inquiry project?

  8. Hi Kelsey. I’d like to use your template with my grade 11 math students. Would you share the link please. I will be sure to credit you as the original source. Thanks. -SueH in Canada

    (please note — my email address below is all lower case.)

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