I am looking for lessons to use in a school media center. I am not the media specialist. I am a literacy specialist in the school, and part of my assigned duties are to write lessons for the media associates. I am trying to match the lessons to the NC Essential Standards, but the standards seem to be very technology oriented. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
Hi Margaret, What a challenge you have!
You didn't mention what grade levels you are working on...but I can give you a snapshot of our plans. I would guess that your "media associates" are paraprofessionals. Is that right? That is our situation as well. There are a number of printed sources that can help you design a program of instruction (though I find most are still based in card catalogs and such, but at least it's a skeleton). Complete Library Skills Activity Program, Dewey and the Decimals, Ready to Use Library Skills Games and Teaching Information and Technology Skills are just a few of the titles we've used. There are many, many sample lessons and programs of instruction posted on the internet. Check Cathy Shrock's website for examples http://school.discoveryeducation.com/schrockguide/ I use many of her suggested sites and plans.
I've also evaluated what information skills are part of the English/Language Arts curriculum and created a skeleton from that. For elementary, we purchased A Year in Picture Books: Linking with the Information Literacy Standards. The approach here is in using many of the classic picture books as an introduction to the standards. Finally, I use Collaborating to Meet Standards, which has been published in two versions: one for elementary and one for secondary. These tools line out sample lesson plans that involve the opportunity for partnering for content and information skills practice.
Skeleton of our program of instruction:
We've wanted to ensure that students get a grounding in "library skills" during elementary--literature appreciation, alphabetization, general Dewey Decimal system, what is an author?, what is an illustrator?, how to use tables of contents, how to use indices,how to use the library online catalog to find books, how to use a dictionary, encyclopedia, and other "reference tools," (along with the electronic twins of those tools), how to take notes, how to evaluate personal comprehension of information, and how to read for understanding.
By middle school, we are continuing with searching the library catalog, reinforcing choice of appropriate reference tools (online or print), evaluating online resources, the "why" of citation of sources, effective note-taking skills, online periodicals as sources (a very tough topic in this online world).
By high school, the foci are using information skills to support content research (building background knowledge, knowing how to use online periodicals and subject databases, citing sources used appropriately), evaluating online resources, and publishing on the web.
Thank you so much! You sent a wealth of information. I am in a K - 5 school. The paraprofessionals have no experience with media or technology. They are working to learn. This week I planned lessons based on knowing an illustrator often does research for K - 2 and for 3 - 5 we added trying out illustrating in the manner of Jan Brett. The videos on her website are wonderful. Now I have to think about next week.