(1) Build new knowledge by inquiring, thinking critically, identifying problems, and developing strategies for solving problems.
(a) Formulate and refine essential questions through reading, constructing hypotheses, research questions, and thesis statements;
(b) develop questions that require making connections between ideas and events and systematically test a hypothesis or validate a thesis statement; and
(c) reflect at the end of an inquiry process.
(2) Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to inclusiveness and respect for diversity in the learning community, including the distinct and unique cultural heritage of American Indians.
(a) Evaluate resources for relevance, currency authority, and bias including those by and about tribes in Montana;
(b) seek more than one point of view by using diverse sources; and
(c) identify the impact of personal background and bias on research projects and inquiry processes.
(3) Work effectively with others to broaden perspectives and work toward common goals.
(a) Actively seek the opinions of others and contribute positively to an environment in which all participants ideas are shared and valued;
(b) seek consensus from a group, when appropriate, to achieve a stronger product; and
(c) work with others to solve problems and make decisions on issues, topics, and themes being investigated.
(4) Make meaning by collecting, organizing, and sharing resources of personal relevance.
(a) Assess the impacts of specific works on the reader or viewer;
(b) express ideas through creative products in multiple formats using a variety of technology tools;
(c) select an appropriate format to effectively communicate and support a purpose, argument, point of view, or interpretation;
(d) create original products using a variety of technology tools to express personal learning; and
(e) independently pursue answers to self-generated questions.
(5) Exercise freedom to read and demonstrate the ability to pursue personal interests.
(a) Select a variety of types of materials based on personal interests and prior knowledge;
(b) read, listen to, and view information in a variety of formats and genres to explore new ideas, form opinions, solve problems, and to connect to real-world issues;
(c) routinely read, view, and listen for personal enjoyment, to learn, to solve problems, and to explore different ideas;
(d) read widely to develop a global perspective and understand different cultural contexts; and
(e) identify the rights of self and others to access information freely and pursue the right to read, view, and listen.
(6) Demonstrate safe, legal, and ethical creating and sharing of knowledge products.
(a) Practice internet safety and appropriate online behavior;
(b) use criteria to determine safe and unsafe internet sites;
(c) participate safely, ethically, and legally in online activities;
(d) connect ideas and information with their owners or source;
(e) credit sources by following copyright, licensing, and fair use guidelines for text, visuals, and audio in generating products and presentations.