Teaching Social Studies Inquiry and
Argument Writing with Sources
What is READ.INQUIRE.WRITE.?
A Process that Structures Inquiry and Argument Writing Through a Set of Disciplinary Literacy Tools.
A Progression in Types of Argument Writing Across Investigations of History/Social Science Content.
Read.Inquire.Write. recognizes that students bring important voices and agency to their learning and can contribute to the development of knowledge about the past and about current social issues. Drawing on their own rich and diverse perspectives, students engage with sources that disrupt fixed narratives of steady progress and reveal histories, structures, and practices that help them situate themselves with greater understanding in relation to the events and structures that have shaped the world they live in. This is in contrast to social
Read.Inquire.Write. supports middle school students’ full participation in inquiry and argument writing in social studies across 6th through 8th grades, enabling them to develop disciplinary literacy along with disciplinary knowledge. It includes multiple supports for English learners—newcomers as well as more proficient bi/multilingual learners—and students who have experienced less success in school.