Media Curriculum Overview

The purpose of the school library media program is to create a foundation of literacy for all students through teaching the skills to find and use information effectively and ethically, fostering a love of literature, and creating a culture that values critical thinking skills. These abilities are used authentically with a deep integration of media skills into classroom curriculum through collaboration.

Media classes in grades K-5 meet with the Information Literacy Specialist (Media Specialist) for one-hour each week. Students are evaluated twice annually on their grade level skills, effort, and behavior.

  • To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively and ethically use the needed information.
  • The student who is information literate also appreciates literature and other creative expressions of information.
  • A culture of thinking is one in which a "group's collective as well as individual thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted as part of the regular, day-to-day experience of all group members." ~Project Zero-Harvard

Technology Skills –Students will master a variety of tools to learn, create and convey original ideas or illustrate concepts through integration of emerging technologies and applications.

  • Introductory to advanced computer skills
  • Keyboard Awareness/Keyboarding Skills
  • Google Apps for Education/Various Other Applications
  • Digital Citizenship

Research Skills –Students will master strategies to gather, use, and process information in print and electronic formats to implement research, critical thinking and knowledge creation.

  • Super 3 Research Methodology/Big Six Research Methodology
  • Citation of Sources
  • Electronic Databases
  • Differentiation between peer-reviewed resources and open-web resources

Literacy Skills –Students will acquire a variety of skills and strategies to enhance their reading lives.

  • Print and Digital Text Characteristics (fiction and non-fiction text structures)
  • Author and Illustrator Roles
  • Genre Studies
  • Ongoing Literature Exploration and Discussion
  • Authors in April (year-long author study)

Library Skills –Students will learn the skills and procedures needed to fully utilize information and ideas in an academic setting.

  • Expectations for Behavior (treatment of resources and individuals)
  • Locating Books for Pleasure and Information (online access/shelf location)
  • Book Checkout/Book Care Responsibilities