Mountview Road School Library Media Curriculum
Research and media skills are blended into the Standards as a whole
To be ready for college, workforce training, and life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas, to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems, and to analyze and create a high volume and extensive range of print and nonprint texts in media forms old and new. The need to conduct research and to produce and consume media is embedded into every aspect of today’s curriculum. In like fashion, research and media skills and understandings are embedded throughout the Standards rather than treated in a separate section.
In the Library Media Center, we spend our time and efforts on:
- exploring and navigating the media center to locate various print and electronic resources available to satisfy personal and academic information needs;
- developing effective skills for performing research and maintaining positive digital citizenship;
- enjoying literature of all kinds to supplement curriculum, to enhance character education, and to heighten awareness of environmental issues and cultural diversity.
Media skills in all grades are blended with a heavy dose of English Language Arts and Social Studies standards; Science and S.T.E.A.M. themes are also highlighted. Read-alouds feature increasingly complex books and structured reader response activities.
understanding the difference between fiction and non-fiction; taking care of books; learning the parts of a book; using the media center and borrowed materials responsibly; identifying story elements; beginning to summarize and sequence story events; forming questions, making inferences, drawing conclusions.
experiencing the work of wonderful authors and illustrators whose stories and art can be enjoyed beyond elementary school; beginning to indepedently find fiction books by call number; summarizing; Caldecott award/honor books; identifying main idea and author’s message with supporting details.
sampling the offerings of all sections of the non-fiction collection by Dewey category; beginning to independently find non-fiction books by call number; using the dictionary; using the library catalog software to search for books; becoming familiar with helpful text features in non-fiction and reference books and online resources; comparing and contrasting stories from around the world; beginning to summarize beyond “beginning-middle-end”; character analysis.
Becoming familiar with various genres through stories from around the world and identifying the genre elements in a story; sampling the offerings of all sections of the non-fiction collection by Dewey category and then briefly writing about the book; supporting ideas with text evidence; identifying author's purpose, inference, beginning to interpret figurative language; beginning to use print and online encyclopedias as a best-practice research method.
Becoming more proficient in identifying the best resource for needed information and locating it; summarizing and beginning paraphrasing; identifying the theme of a story; taking notes; supporting ideas with text evidence; using maps & atlases; NJ stories & history; sampling books from all sections of the library and writing a mini book review for each of the 10 categories; creating effective search terms for print and online research.
Media lessons and activities guide students through completing short research projects with bibliographies and making presentations using technology; planning for excellent research sources including using databases; evaluating the quality of information sources; avoiding plagiarism; staying safe online; becoming familiar with the basic plot pattern of stories and analyzing the plot of a story; basic introduction to the Holocaust; allegories.