Guided Inquiry Design® in Action
High School
by Leslie K. Maniotes, Editor
December 2016, 254pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-4711-0
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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 in the high school setting.

Edited by the cocreator of the Guided Inquiry Design® (GID) framework as well as an educator, speaker, and international consultant on the topic, this book explains the nuances of GID in the high school context. It also addresses background research and explains guided inquiry and the information search process.

Today’s students need to be able to think creatively to solve problems. They need to be in learning environments that incorporate collaboration, discussion, and genuine reflection to acquire these kinds of real-world skills. Guided Inquiry Design® in Action: High School gives teachers and librarians lesson plans created within the proven GID framework, specifically designed for high school students, and provides the supporting information and guidance to use these lesson plans successfully.

You’ll find the lesson plans and complete units of Guided Inquiry Design® clear and easy to implement and integrate into your existing curriculum, in all areas, from science to humanities to social studies. These teaching materials are accompanied by explanations of critical subjects such as the GID framework, using Guided Inquiry as the basis for personalized learning, using inquiry tools for assessment of learning in high school, and applying teaching strategies that increase student investment and foster critical thinking and deeper learning.


  • Enables teachers, school librarians, and other educational partners to simultaneously target outcomes that bring about deep understanding and address curricular goals
  • Offers a practical, concepts-based approach to inquiry learning, complete units of study in a variety of content areas, and a discussion of the role emotions in the learning process
  • Includes ready-to-implement Guided Inquiry Design® (GID) lesson plans written by practicing high school librarians and teachers who have been refining their GID curricula for years
  • Serves to heighten student engagement at the high school level by going beyond fact-finding to foster deeper understanding and knowledge creation
  • Provides an explicit structure for developing instructional partnerships and collaborative teams within the school and with the larger community
Leslie K. Maniotes, PhD, is Lead Consultant and Professional Developer for 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.


"...age-appropriate Guided Inquiry Design® lesson plans for different curriculum areas enabling deep learning and fostering students’ creative thinking and problem-solving – essential skills in a 21st century world."—Canadian School Libraries Journal, March 19, 2019

"Whether you are a librarian just beginning the inquiry-based learning journey or a veteran, you will find this title a welcome addition to the professional shelf. Highly recommended."—School Library Connection, August 1, 2017
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