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Information Literacy Curriculum

The Orinda Union School District adopted Information Literacy benchmarks and standards. You may view the complete document at the Technology Page.

The following is a summary of the content of library media instruction in information literacy.

Library Curriculum Information Literacy Skills
K Book parts & care
Library procedures
Creating questions
Parts of stories
Alphabetical order
Information and
literature in other
1 Arrangement by authors' names;
Numbers on nonfiction;
Different types of fiction/NF books
Locating books for individual interests;
Develop questions, locating possible sources for answers
Story parts (e.g., setting, characters)
Award-winning books
Author/illustrator studies;
Appropriate use of library tools and technology; guided use of sites
2 Locate nonfiction books by call numbers;
Book features (table of contents, index, glossary)
Beginning reference books (dictionary, encyclopedia)
Intro to research; simple project
Compare/contrast stories from other cultures; folk and fairy tales; figurative language Use of online library catalog and intro to Internet use
3 Chapter books
Using reference books (encyclopedias, thesaurus)
Research project and "Big 6" strategy for research*
Note-taking, summarizing; writing reports
Citing sources
Story elements; theme; purpose
Reading for pleasure; making appropriate selections
Guided use of electronic sources (CD-ROM, online) for research
4 Dewey Decimal system
Use reference books (almanac, atlas)
Using book features to assist finding info
Research projects: Using "Big 6":
Native Californians, Explorers, Missions, Gold Rush;
Bibliographic format
Genres of literature; Award-winning books (Newbery, CYRM); Variety of literature; literary reviews Guided use of electronic sources (websites, online subscriptions) for research
Citing online sources
5 Reference tools
(atlas, almanac, encyclopedia, specialized sources)
Research projects using "Big 6": explorers, states, Presidents, biographical research; Boolean searches; Bibliographic format Select, read, evaluate different genres of literature appropriate to reading and grade level;
Figurative language; vocabulary
Safe and appropriate use of Internet; evaluating websites
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6 Can use library independently; can use reference materials Can conduct research for school projects; knows to cite sources Can select and evaluate books for reading for different purposes Can evaluate and use online sources safely and ethically


*"The Big6 integrates information search and use skills along with technology tools in a systematic process to find, use, apply, and evaluate information to specific needs and tasks." From Big 6