INFORMATION LITERACY - Inquiry process, research skills, evaluating resources, communicating ideas
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP - Social responsibility, ethical behavior, use of technology

2014-2015 Lesson, Learning, Curriculum Matrix

MCSD Middle School Library Curriculum Overview
AASL and CORE / Standards for the 21st Century Learner - American Association of School Librarians

Learners use skills, resources, and tools to:

1. inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge;

2. draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge;

3. share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society;

4. pursue personal and aesthetic growth. 

Guiding Beliefs

  • Reading is a window to the world.
  • Inquiry provides a framework for learning.
  • Ethical behavior in the use of information must be taught.
  • Technology skills are crucial for future employment needs.
  • Equitable access is a key component for education.
  • The definition of information literacy has become more complex as resources and technologies have changed.
  • The continuing expansion of information demands that all individuals acquire the thinking skills that will enable them to learn on their own.
  • Learning has a social context.
  • School libraries are essential to the development of learning skills.

Essential Questions

  • In what ways is reading a window to the world and in what ways is it a mirror?
  • In what ways does the inquiry process lead us to new understandings and insights?
  • Who owns information?
  • How can technology enhance understanding?
  • Why is information important for citizenship in a democracy?
  • How is information organized?
  • How do we know what information sources to trust?
  • How can knowledge be shared?
  • What is the value of a library?