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Welcome 8th Grade Information Specialists

Course Description

Information skills are those skills that prepare students to gather, process, use, and communicate information.  Acquiring this skill set will enable them to become lifelong learners and informed decision makers.  Being proficient at researching a topic and using a variety of sources of information to learn is fundamental for success in the 21st century and carries over into the world outside the school, where everyday tasks require learning from a variety of sources of information for decision-making, problem solving, and critical thinking.  

Throughout the 9-week course, students will be involved in activities that engage them in deeper learning while developing literacy skills by comprehending what they are reading, articulating what they are thinking, writing about their learning, and presenting research findings.  

The course will incorporate the 4Cs – communication, collaboration, creativity, & critical thinking

Learning Goals:

The students will be:

1)     gathering, documenting, and using information while exploring resources and developing an understanding of

        how those resources can be used to meet different information needs.

Goal:   Students will begin to independently access a greater and more varied number of resources, and gain the

            ability to use the tools, strategies, and resources for learning.

2)    developing  appropriate search strategies in order to efficiently and effectively access more resources for

        research, and begin to recognize the most appropriate resources for specific tasks.

Goal:  Students will learn to choose what is useful, relevant, and pertinent for a research-based assignment.

3)    learning to evaluate resources.  Students must learn to select high-quality print and web-based sources and

        to distinguish between reliable and unreliable resources. 

Goal:  Students will achieve information literacy – the ability to understand the kinds of information available,

           discriminate among sources, and choose those most appropriate for the task at hand. 

4)    involved in social interaction in small groups (learning teams) and in the inquiry community (class). 

Goal:  Students will learn to work collaboratively with learning partners in order to effectively express their

           information need; find/document/share accurate and appropriate information; analyze, evaluate and

           use that information to create an end product to share their learning.

5)    gaining an understanding of the stages in the research process, and exploring creative ways to share their


Goal:  Students will create quality products with progressively less direction, using a variety of media and will

           understand the importance of using formally accepted standards for production, including crediting

           sources in MLA format.

6)    develop competence as writers, readers, speakers, listeners, and viewers of many texts and prepare for

        higher-level reading and writing skills.

Goal:   Students will heighten their overall communication skills so they may become successful in life.


Units covered:  

    Library Terminology and finding your way around the library                            

    Parts of a Book

    Reference Books  -- Print and Online (location and how to use efficiently)

    Online Database Unit

                    Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Using Direct Quotes

    Internet/World Wide Web Unit 


                  Browser and Dashboard Widget Unit 

                  Search Engine Unit

                  Research Project  - (Argumentative topic)      


Throughout this 9-week course, students will accumulate

new tools that will enable them to gather, process, use,

and communicate information                                   







Be respectful -

        Treat everyone with proper consideration, regardless of whether he/she is in the classroom at the time. 

        Use respectful language, in writing as well as in discussions.

        Show respect for your environment by keeping the classroom/lab clean and neat.

Be responsible -

        Arrive at class on time and with all necessary materials.

       Complete assignments on time, ask questions when necessary, and stay aware of deadlines.

        Do what is right, regardless of what everyone else in class is doing.

Be appropriate -

        Conduct yourself as a mature, well-mannered young adult.

       Think before speaking, and make sure all contributions to the class dialogue are meaningful and pertinent.

Be involved -

        Participate to the fullest extent that you can.

       Take part in discussions.  Ask and answer questions.

        Stay  on task.  Take notes.

        Do your homework.

        Use class time efficiently. 

        Listen.  Watch.  Participate.

Be honest -

        Do your own work.  Do not cheat or plagiarize.

       Avoid inventing excuses to cover up for your mistakes.

       Accept consequences for your mistakes, and learn from them.




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