This is the "GETTING STARTED" page of the "GUIDED INQUIRY RESEARCH UNIT - Picciotto" guide.
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1. Create your e-portfolio.  Then share it; and create your Journal subfolder (see purple box to the right for instructions).

2. Select a non-fiction book from those that have been prepared for your class OR find one of your own choosing (with the teacher's permission).  

3. Have your teacher approve your final selection.  You will be asked to answer the following questions about your topic so keep them in mind when you decide if this book is a good choice for you.

  • What interests me about this idea or topic?
  • What do I already know or think about this topic?
  • What background information would help me get an overview of my topic?
  • Do I know enough about the idea or topic to ask good questions?
  • Am I interested enough in the topic or idea to investigate it?

4. Open this link for your Exit Ticket for today.  Sign in with your google logon.  In the toolbar, click on File and then select: Make a Copy. Rename it: Exit Ticket 1 - your name.

5.  Now, save this document to your own google drive by going to the toolbar and selecting: 

File  Move to folder; and then double click on My e-portfolio.
Select:  My Journal and then click the MOVE button at the bottom.
6. Type your answers to the questions.

[NOTE:  If you still think your book is a good choice for you after answering those questions in your journal, go up to the Circulation Desk and check it out.  If not, you may select another book - but let your teacher know you are doing this.]

7. Begin reading the book.  You will read the first third of the book before we move on to Part 2 of this unit.



You will learn how to create your own electronic portfolio (e-portfolio) and you will use it to organize all of your materials; and keep all of your projects together.  Here is how to proceed:

1) Go to and logon to your account.

  • Click the red CREATE tab and then on FOLDER.

  • Name the folder My E-Portfolio - your name and click Create. It will appear on the left hand side of your screen.

  • Click on My Drive to see all of your folders.

2) Sharing

  • When you put your mouse over the name of your e-portfolio folder, a drop down arrow will appear to the right.  You can click on the arrow for many options (for example: to share your folder, change the color of your folder, rename, delete, and more).  
  • Click on Share. Down in the box that says Invite people, type your teacher's email address.  Also share it with Mrs. Freda:    

  • On the right, make sure to select Can edit, so they can give you feedback.      

  • Click Send.                                                               

3) Create a sub-folder

  • Hold your mouse over your E-portfolio folder and the drop-down arrow will appear.  
  • Click on that arrow and then scroll down and click on New Folder.  This will create a sub-folder within your e-portfolio folder.
  • Name it My Journal - your name.


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