Who students share their findings with can make a significant difference in the care they put into their final products. Knowing that what they've learned might have a greater impact than just receiving a grade can infuse more meaning into their inquiry process. The articles "Final Product Assessment: So What?" and "Community Connections" discuss this concept further. Read the articles and then complete the Reflect & Practice activity.
The above articles provide examples of authentic audiences for students to connect with. What resources exist in your community that you could tap into in order for students to share their learning with people who care about the topics they are studying? Use the form to create a directory of resources in your area that can you can utlize for future inquiry projects.