This is a methods course for teachers in grades 5 – 12 to work with the C3 Inquiry Framework developing compelling questions, identifying and investigating primary sources, applying disciplinary concepts and tools, and sharing new understandings. Participants develop a full inquiry project or a series of inquiry-based lessons on a topic of their choice for their students. This is course will be delivered in a mixed format of in-person Zoom sessions, independent work, and individual mentoring through scheduled office hours.

Dates & Times:

June 23, 25 and July 9 Zoom sessions: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

July 10 – 24 Asynchronous discussions

August 1 Final Project Due

Registration Fee (includes 3 graduate credits from Castleton University): $975

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Required Readings/Texts:

Course Folder: Includes Zoom links

Course Schedule:

June 23: Engaging Students in Inquiry and Asking Questions

Zoom Session: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Overview of the Inquiry Method

Developing Compelling Questions

Independent Work: Identify a topic for your students to investigate; develop a list of scaffolded skills your students will be working on and an appropriate summative assessment.

June 25: Historical Thinking Skills and Tools

Zoom Session: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Finding primary sources online and in your community

Developing historical thinking skills with primary sources

Independent Work: Find relevant primary sources that provide the evidence students will need for your summative assessment. Course instructors will be available during office hours to assist in finding sources and consider the skills students will need to analyze them.

July 9: Work-in-Progress Session

Zoom Session: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Participants present work-in-progress with structured feedback

July 10 – 24 On-Line Asynchronous Session Taking Action

Final discussion of projects and brainstorm for supporting students in taking action


  1. Actively participates in all in-person sessions (20%)
  2. Completes all independent work between in-person sessions (40%)
  3. Final Project Due August 1, 2020 (40%)


Final Project Instructions:

1) Develop an inquiry for your students that includes a compelling question, summative assessment, and the primary sources and supportive materials students will need to complete the inquiry. See rubric at end of this document.


2) Choose a dimension within the C3 framework and identify the skills your students will develop and an appropriate summative assessment. Include primary sources and supportive materials students will need to successfully explore the identified skills.