Zoom-In Inquiry Directions

  1. Open PowerPoint.
  2. Choose a solid color for the background. Go to Format Menu -> Background
  3. Type the directions for students on the first slide.
  4. Insert a high resolution image on the second slide.
  5. Right-click on the image and choose Show Picture Toolbar, if the picture toolbar isn’t showing.
    Picture Toolbar - Windows (Windows)
    Picture Toolbar - Mac (Mac)
  6. Click on the image.
  7. From the Picture Toolbar, choose the Crop tool.
    alt (Windows)
    Crop Tool Mac (Mac)
  8. Place the cursor on a corner of the image (it should look like an “L”).
  9. Click and drag to make the image smaller.
  10. Click on Insert Menu -> Duplicate Slide
  11. On the new slide: using the crop tool, enlarge the image slightly for the new slide.
  12. Repeat steps 9 - 11

Thanks to Marc Perella, SBTS at Glascow Middle School, Fairfax County Public School for this idea.

How do I insert the questions?

Insert a text box on each slide in a Zoom-In. On the first slide, type the directions for students.  Example: Examine the primary source clues carefully. Determine what you see and what questions you might ask to get the “big picture.On the next slide, present the investigative question. On subsequent slides, add the questions that will lead the students down the path of inquiry toward reaching the “big picture” or understanding goal. Spiral questions from the concrete to the abstract.

  1. Start with an Investigative Question:
    What might primary sources tell us about ____?  or How does this primary source confirm your thinking about ____?
  2.  Spiral Guiding Questions:
    Observation Questions
    What do you see?
    Describe who/what you see in this image.
    What new people or things to you see?
    Interpretation Questions
    When do you think this image was taken?
    Make a hypothesis about what is happening in this picture.
    What do you think happened before this picture was taken?
    Evaluation Questions
    How did your perception of the image change as you saw more of it?
    Why do you think this image was created?
    What questions do you have?
  3. Reach for “Big Picture” Understandings:
    What does this image say about the relationship between _______ and ______?
    Based on this image, how can you explain the impact of _______ on ________?
    What do you understand about the role of __________ in our nation’s history?
    How is _______________ applied to _______________?

Differentiate Zoom-In Inquiry?
Differentiate the Zoom-In Inquiry content of the questions by adding multiple choice answers or highlighting (with color or underline) essential vocabulary. Differentiate the process by manipulating the groups during the presentation in one of the following ways: allow students to discuss questions in small groups before the whole class discussion; assign students to answer particular questions (e.g. questions directly related to the image for students with less background knowledge and abstract questions to challenge students familiar with the subject); or allow students time to reflect and record answers in a journal.