During all class visits to the library media center, students will participate in a lesson followed by book circulation. Lessons will be based on the American Association of School Librarians Standards for the 21st Century Learner and adhere to the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy.
The foundation of the Standards for the 21st Century Learner is the importance of information literacy. Information literate students have the skills necessary to select, evaluate, and use information from a variety of resources appropriately and effectively.
According to the standards, students will “use skills, resources and tools to inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge; draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations and create new knowledge; share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society; and pursue personal and aesthetic growth.”
On the other hand, the Common Core Standards were created to prepare students for college and career readiness with an emphasis on higher order thinking skills. The standards state what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. During library, these standards such as the Reading Standards for Informational Text will be addressed in inquiry projects with a concept-based approach (comparisons, analysis and evaluation.)
Therefore, the Dayton Avenue Library Media Center curriculum combines the Standards for the 21st Century Learner with The Common Core Standards to ensure our students have the skills needed for future success and life-long learning. The principles of these standards will guide instruction and grade-level projects.