Table of Contents

I. Why Teach This Way? The Theory Behind the Practice
1. Laying the Foundation
2. Thinking About the Structures Behind Informational and Explanatory Texts
3. Five Kinds of Knowledge: The Foundation of Understanding and Expertise
4. Five Kinds of Composing: Making Informational Texts and Making Them Matter
5. The Process and Practical Context of Inquiry

II. Into the Classroom: Lesson Ideas in the Context of Inquiry-Based Units
6. Naming and Listing: Prerequisites for Problem Solving and Performing the Possible
7. Getting to the Point: The Process and Promise of Summary
8. Getting Oriented and Directed: Description and Process Description/Explanation
9. Divining and Defining: What’s the Big Definition?
10. Comparing and Contrasting: But What’s the Difference?
11. Classification: The Most Powerful Thought Pattern in the World?
12. Problem–Solution and Cause–Effect: So What’s the Problem?

Coda—Bringing It All Together: Working Toward Opportunity and Possibility