Inquiry Based Essay Template Social Studies C3 Framework with Rubric


Social Studies – History, Writing, Writing-Essays
Grade Levels
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Resource Type
DBQs, Assessment, Graphic Organizers
File Type
Zip (1 MB|9 pages)


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Over the last few years, as I’ve transitioned my Social Studies classroom to an inquiry based experience, I’ve gradually adjusted my summative assessments to evaluate student learning. This template allows you to create an inquiry for any Social Studies topic with an essay as the summative assessment.

If you’ve always wanted to try designing your own inquiry, but have struggled with the structure, this template is for you! It scaffolds the process to make the design process much more manageable and understandable. This resource is fully editable. I’ve included a PowerPoint version and a link to a Google Slides version. You can view more in the preview here.

Create an authentic structured inquiry for any topic!

This download includes:

  • A 4 page editable template for laying out your own inquiry
  • a fully laid out 3 page graphic organizer to help students organize their writing
  • a list of helpful reminders for students to edit their essays
  • a detailed rubric for grading
  • A reminder of the M.E.A.L. plan guide to writing detailed paragraphs
  • teacher instructions for implementation

NOTE: Feel free to use this within your own classroom. If you wish to share this graphic organizer with other teachers, please have them purchase an additional license. Please make sure that this is only used with the classroom, and that they it is not posted online unless it is on a password protected site (like google classroom).

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