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Resources to support the F3 Inquiry Skills Project 2020


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.


The Machine rules - you have been warned 3 - an article based on E. M. Forster's short story, The Machine stops - asks whether we will come to value human contact more during these interesting times?

What do you think?


Zombie Apocalypse

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:

2 Quote Investigator. (2015, December 18). May You Live In Interesting Times. Retrieved from Quote Investigator:

3 The Day. (2020, June 3). The Machine rules – you have been warned. Retrieved from The Day:


Academic Writing

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. 

  • If you are on the school network, open the template from Pupil Files->School-Templates->Academic Writing template;
  • You can also use the link in this guide as this will be accessible even if you are not in school.

Immediately, save your document so that none of the work you do gets lost or accidentally deleted:

  • File
  • Save As
  • Browse
  • Choose a sensible location in your workspace.
  • Use F3ISP followed by your surname as the filename
  • At the end of the lesson you may be uploading your document to the F3 Inquiry Skills Team, so it is very important to remember where you have saved it.

Setting up an academic document:

  • Turn on the hidden formatting by clicking this button  - in this way you can see where page breaks have been inserted and where new lines of text have begun; 
  • Add detail to the header - double-click in the header > Add name, set and date;
  • Add detail to the footer - double-click in the footer > Add title "F3 Inquiry Skills".  The page number is already there for you.

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:

'The Machine rules – you have been warned' (The Day, 2020) is an article about The Machine Stops, a short story by EM Forster in which social distancing has become permanent, lives have been completely taken over by technology, and hardly anyone needs or wants to go outside. For some, these are welcome developments, but what do you think?

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:

  • Highlight (The Day, 2020) in the paragraph you copied as it is just a place holder;
  • Click on the References tab at the top of the page;
  • Insert citation;
  • Add new source;
  • This article is from a subscription database which we treat as a website, so choosing that in the menu gives you the fields you need to complete:
    • Corporate author 'The Day' for this article as no named individual author;
    • Webpage = title of the article = The Machine rules – you have been warned;
    • Website = The Day;
    • URL can be copied and pasted from the browser (via this link to the article should you wish to look at it again).  As this refers to an individual webpage, it takes the place of the page number in the citation code.

It should look like this:

Adding a bibliography:

This shows the range of sources you have consulted and taken ideas from:

  • Insert a page break at the end of your work - Insert > Page break or Ctrl + return/enter - as a bibliography should always have it's own page
  • References tab > Bibliography > Choose the top option - and, hey presto! a bibliography will appear.

The Inquiry

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? 

Submitting your inquiry

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'.

Documents to use during this session

Link to the article "The Machine Rules" for use during the lesson

The Machine Rules article

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

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