What is inquiry, and why?
Inquiry is a dynamic process of being open to wonder and puzzlement and coming to know and understand the world. As such, it is a stance that pervades all aspects of life and is essential to the way in which knowledge is created. 1
What does this process (series of actions) and stance (attitude) look like?
Applying the FOSIL Inquiry Process
Being open to wonder and puzzlement and coming to know and understand the world…
"May you live in interesting times."
This is commonly, and mistakenly, thought to be an ancient Chinese curse. 2
Regardless of origin, we certainly are living in interesting times.
What do you think?
A popular internet meme.
References and Notes
1 Galileo Educational Network. (n.d.). What is Inquiry? Retrieved from Galileo Educational Network – Inspiring a Passionate Commitment to Learning: https://galileo.org/articles/what-is-inquiry/
2 Quote Investigator. (2015, December 18). May You Live In Interesting Times. Retrieved from Quote Investigator: https://quoteinvestigator.com/2015/12/18/live/
3 The Day. (2020, June 3). The Machine rules – you have been warned. Retrieved from The Day: https://theday.co.uk/stories/the-machine-rules-you-have-been-warned
Using the Academic Writing template allows you to produce work that looks smart; makes it easy for your teacher to identify and helps you to remember why and when you produced it.
Opening the template:
There are two ways to open the template.
Immediately, save your document so that none of the work you do gets lost or accidentally deleted:
Setting up an academic document:
Inserting a citation:
You will begin your response to the article with the following paragraph which you should copy from here and paste into your document:
As the article you read came from a source, even though it was emailed to you, you need to add a citation. The style we use in school is APA which is a code that, at a basic level, requires an author, a date and a page number:
It should look like this:
Adding a bibliography:
This shows the range of sources you have consulted and taken ideas from:
In addition to the article you have read, and perhaps even the short story itself, this adaptation of the story will give you another version of events:
What similarities between your life during lockdown, and the lives of Kuno and Vashti in The Machine Stops, are discussed in the article?
Of those things what is the most striking to you?
Is there anything else that you have read/heard/watched that you could draw on?
Is there anything else you would now like to read?
What do you think of the life portrayed in the story?
What is attractive or horrifying? Why did it make you feel this way?
Using the Academic Writing Template, which you have already set up, tell us what your thoughts are on how the story and lockdown affected you.
Once you have written them down, please make sure you save the document.
Reflecting on what you have read, experienced and have now thought about, are there things you will no longer take for granted?
Save your document somewhere sensible in your own filespace, then upload to your assignment in the F3 Inquiry Skills Team. Instructions are given below if you are unsure how to do this.
Submitting assignment to Teams
1. Go to the F3 Inquiry Skills Team and click to view the Assignment.
2. Click the "Add work" link.
3. Choose "Upload from this device".
4. Navigate to where you originally saved the file and double click on it or select it and click 'open'.
5. Select 'Done'.
6. Select 'Turn in'.
Link to the article "The Machine Rules" for use during the lesson
Use the Academic Writing Template to make sure your document is set up correctly. Don't forget to fill in all the information in the header and footer.
Use the FOSIL cycle worksheet to record your thoughts as you work through the inquiry.
The presentation used in the lesson is available here in case you want to look at it again or missed it the first time through.
If you would like to know any more about using the citing and referencing tools in Word, or other aspects of academic writing, have a look at this guide