What can your librarian do for you?
- * Introduce you to how to use the library to find information quickly.
- * Show you how and where to find needed texts and information in the library and online.
- * Guide you to ask the questions that will help you get the answers you want and need.
- * Challenge you to think critically, evaluate, draw conclusions, create, and share what you know.
- * Assist you in preliminary research methods as well as information evaluation for credibility.
- * Explain and reinforce what plagiarism is and what you can do to prevent it.
- * Promote digital citizenship.
Library skills, a love of reading, information literacy and digital citizenship are taught and reinforced throughout the curriculum. The librarian uses each lesson from grades K-4 to introduce and reinforce these standards and build upon these skills as the student progresses into middle school.
Library behavior expectations
How the Library is organized
Parts of a book
How to use the Library
Introduction to Research: Plagiarism, selecting topics, locating information on and offline,
Continued Research skills: Reference materials, evaluating and citing sources.
Continued Research Skills: Summarizing, paraphrasing, and organizing thoughts and information, search strategies, assessing validity of sources
Selecting materials appropriate to student’s interests, capacity and reading level, freedom of information
Ethical, legal and social responsibility
Middle School Research
FINDS: Focus, Investigate, Notes, Develop & Share: An essential road map to any research project
Click the links for in-depth information on each step
FOCUS: IDENTIFY YOUR INFORMATION NEEDS
Brainstorm! What do you already know?
Define your subject, find similar ideas
What is you search strategy
Find and use key words and phrases
INVESTIGATE: DIG IN!
What will you need to know to support your ideas?
Where will you find it? (written sources, online, personal interview?)
Evaluate which resources are best for your subject
What if I can’t find enough information, or if I find too much information? Reevaluate and refine!
Find relevant resources from credible resources: Information Literacy
Organize your thoughts
Find the meaning and importance of information
Understand the difference between paraphrasing and summarizing
Cite your sources
DEVELOP: TURN INFORMATION INTO KNOWLEDGE
Analyze and organize information
Use the right technology
What is the best way to show what your know
Come to your own conclusions and use your own voice
SHARE & EVALUATE: PUBLISH YOUR WORK
Decide the best way to share your research
Share your voice to inspire others
Was your research process efficient and effective?
What would you do differently next time?
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