Guided Inquiry Design® in Action
Middle School
by Leslie K. Maniotes, LaDawna Harrington, and Patrice Lambusta
December 2015, 158pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-3764-7
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Are you looking for examples of Guided Inquiry in real-world practice that can be applied to your specific learning context? This book shows you how fully designed units have been successfully executed in the middle-school context.

Supplying classroom-tested lessons and unit plans that can serve as templates, this book demonstrates exactly how to integrate and implement Guided Inquiry Design® (GID) theory into practice.

Guided Inquiry is an approach that many educators—thought leaders and practitioners alike—are finding to be well-suited to information-age learning and a way to meet Common Core Standards. For many teachers, librarians, middle school leaders, and curriculum specialists, the biggest challenge is finding examples of guided inquiry in practice applicable to their own context. This guide offers an easy solution, offering ready-to-use templates and models for implementing Guided Inquiry Design® (GID) in the middle school learning environment. With each supplied lesson laid out according to the session plan templates from GID and a thorough description of the ideal inquiry process from beginning to end, integration and implementation of GID is attainable.

Besides showing how to put GID to best use to achieve five kinds of learning through inquiry, the book provides an explicit structure for developing instructional partnerships and collaborative teams within the school and with the larger community. It enables teachers, school librarians, and other educational partners to consider and plan for achieving outcomes that bring about deep understanding while also addressing curricular goals. Readers will be better equipped to provide an authentic learning environment using collaboration, discussion, and reflection embedded in the sessions, thereby helping their students to be able to think creatively to solve problems.


  • Answers the needs of teachers and librarians who are seeking actual lesson plans using the GID concepts specifically at the 6th–8th grade levels
  • Supplies lesson plans and complete units of Guided Inquiry Design® along with materials for implementation
  • Includes techniques for assessment of learning strategies aligned to the Common Core State Standards
  • Encourages embedded information literacy and creates student choice
Leslie K. Maniotes, PhD, is owner and senior consultant of BLV Consulting. As author of the Guided Inquiry Design® series, she leads professional development institutes building capacity in collaborative teams of librarians and teachers for inquiry learning. She also works with district leaders to implement systems of support that wrap around inquiry learning for greater impact. Maniotes is a lifetime educator who has 11 years of classroom experience as a National Board Certified Teacher and 5 years' experience as a Teacher Effectiveness Coach and a K–12 literacy specialist in urban and rural Title 1 schools. She earned her master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Reading K–12 and her PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Curriculum and Instruction in the Content Areas as well as an administration certification in urban educational leadership from the University of Denver. Her published works include Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century and Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School, both coauthored with Carol C. Kuhlthau and Ann K. Caspari.

LaDawna Harrington, MLS, is an award-winning school librarian with experience at the middle and high school levels. She is also a part-time lecturer at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and past president of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians. Harrington's library program was featured on the NJ Class Room Close-Up television show. Her published work includes Guided Research in Middle School: Mystery in the Media Center and several articles for a variety of journals and magazines. She earned her master's degree in library science at Rutgers University.

Patrice Lambusta has 15 years' experience working in middle schools as an English teacher and librarian. She was honored as Teacher of the Year and School Librarian of the Year for her state district. Lambusta has presented at the state and national levels on teaching inquiry in middle school. She was a participant at the first Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries' Summer Institute on Guided Inquiry Design and an early adopter of the practice. Her published work includes Rocks in the River: The Challenge of Piloting the Inquiry Process in Today's Learning Environment. Lambusta holds a master's degree in education and library media from Longwood University.
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