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Strand One: Information Literacy

Strand One, Information Literacy Table

Information literacy is the ability to access, evaluate, and apply information in a variety of formats. The information literacy curriculum at both levels is based on the information problem-solving process called the Big6™. The Big6™ Problem-Solving Process is a systematic approach for solving life's essential questions or, on a daily basis, simply to satisfy "the need to know."

This process allows students to be critical users of information, develop high standards for their work, and create quality products to communicate what they learn. When using Big6™ Process, students apply the following skills and questions to guide them:

  1. Task Definition: What needs to be done?
  2. Information-Seeking Strategies: Which resources can I use?
  3. Location and Access: Where can I find these resources?
  4. Use of Information: Which information should I use for these resources?
  5. Synthesis: How can I share what I learned?
  6. Evaluation: How will I know I did my job well?

The process is sequential but accommodates branching, jumping out of sequence, and looping back to any previous stage. The Big 6™ places Library Media Core Curriculum not in isolation, but as an integral part of all other curricula.

This strand is based on Information Problem-Solving: The Big Six Skills© Approach to Library Information Skills Instruction by Michael B. Eisenburg and Robert E. Berkowitz.

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Strand Two: Literature

Strand Two Literature Table

The purpose of the literature strand is to enrich a student's life by encouraging reading for pleasure, enrichment, and information. Students must have access to an abundance of books in all formats and other resources at varied interest and ability levels. These Resources must provide for a wide range of learning styles in a diverse population.

Literature develops the student's imagination and nurtures their thinking process, proving wide and lifelong application.

Strand Three: Media Literacy

Strand Three, Media Literacy Table

The aim of media literacy is for the students to make healthy and wise choices as a consumer of media. Students who are media literate are able to deal critically with local and mass media. As with information literacy, media literacy includes the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and communicate information in a variety of formats, both print and non-print. The media literacy encourages balance by empowering the student to make informed choices, take responsibility as a learner, and as a member of society. Students must use judgment in managing media through awareness, analysis, and evaluation. Media literacy is education for social empowerment.

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