Students will conference with teachers to develop focused inquiry question related to their topic area of civics, working from the 10 Questions Framework: Questions for Me graphic organizer. A sample inquiry question might be “How can biking in Boston be made safer?” Criteria to discuss during conference to guide them in crafting a good inquiry question:
At this point, students will split into organic Inquiry Circles, based on their area of interest. This is not a group projects, but in this phases, students with similar interests will meet regularly to offer support and share resources.
For example, students may split into groups based on the action they'd like to undertake, with students who want to influence public opinion or those envisioning a service project meeting on a regular basis. Or the groups could be subject-focused, with students interested in transportation alternatives or LGBTQ rights coming together.