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Home-Grown Lessons
Learning Outcomes

Lesson Planning Tools
Lesson Plans

Library Scope and Sequence
Problem Solving Models
- Online Research Modules
- WebQuests
- I-Question
- CyberGuides
Technology Integration

 Resources for Instructional Partner Role

Learning Outcomes & Scope and Sequence
1 National Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning
Standards outlined in Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning which were developed by the American Library Association. American Association of School Librarians (AASL), and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). Information Power was purchased for every school library media specialist in 1999 and again in August 2001. Check out website for information on implementing the national standards. See also Digital Kids, a ppt presentation given at Professional Study Day 2000.   
 2 Maryland Library Learning Outcomes
Outlined are the content standards for information literacy skills that students need to learn and be able
to do. MSDE learning outcomes and national standards are outlined in an excellent matrix to show the similarities.

Baltimore County Public Schools
PreK-12 Curriculum Resources

BCPS Curriculum Resources onLINE

Resources for the MD VSC

BCPS Digital Curiculum -


Baltimore County Public Schools
Library Media Scope and Sequence

Outlines what preK-12 students are to know and be able to do. Information literacy skills are listed by grade level and indicate when skills are to be introduced, reinforced, and mastered. Based on the BCPS Essential Curriculum

Use the global overview of learning outcomes K-5 (in a chart format) that notes when outcomes are introduced, reinforced, and mastered at each grade level. This chart was designed by Sonja Karwacki, former librarian at Bear Creek Elementary, who is now a GT Resource Teacher. Thanks Sonja for your lasting gift to all library media specialists.

 5  Maryland Reading Learning Outcomes
What reading skills gr 1-8 students are to learn and be able to do. Charts outline indicators by grade level and note when students are assessed.
 6 National Technology Literacy Standards
Use these standards and profiles as guidelines for planning technology-based activities in which students achieve success in learning,communication, and life skills. Developed by International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

 Lesson Planning Tools

Ask ERIC Lesson Planning Guide
Step-by-step directions for writing lesson plans published by the U.S. Department of Education.

Planning and Assessment (AASL Guide)
Bibliography with links to planning and assessment information.

BCPS Teacher Tips and Tools for Information Literacy Instruction
Use this great source for tips, resources, assessments, lessons and much more developed by BCPS library media specialists to teach information literacy skills and the research process.

BCPS Library Media Lesson Plan
Lesson Plan Form | Guidelines for Lesson Planning

instructinal partners
More Lesson Planning Tools

assignment flash form

Home-Grown Collaborative Lessons by BCPS Librarians and Teachers

Maryland Black-eyed Susan
Mary Jane Daley, Library Media Specialist and Michelle Vance, English Teacher at Hereford H.S. developed a reading program to promote literacy using the Maryland Black-eyed Susan Award Program sponsored by MEMO. The unit is complete with lesson plan, implementation guidelines, and worksheets.

Teabag Reading
Joyce Caldwell, Library Media Specialist at Perry Hall Middle
School collaborated with a teacher to launch a very successful reading promotional. The objective is to get students to "dip into" a group of new books in order to find books to read for pleasure or to explore a variety of books that may be used as resources for research.

Want your collaborative lesson published online? Send to Della Curtis via email or interoffice mail.

educators collaborating

As an instructional partner, the library media specialist joins with teachers and others to identify links with curricular content, learning outcomes, student information needs, and information resources. Working with the entire school community, the library media specialist takes a leadership role in developing policies, practices, and curricula that guide students to develop the full range of information literacy skills. The library media specialist works closely with individual teachers in the critical area of designing authentic learning tasks and assessments and integrating the information and communication abilities required to meet subject matter standards. (See composite of all 4 roles.)
Information Power, American Library Association, c1998.
 Collaboration: What, How, & Why

Library media specialists do not work in isolation when developing school library programs in their schools. Collaboration with administrators and classroom teachers is the underlying basis for
successful programs. This online handbook was written by students completing the Diploma in School Librarianship at the University of Prince Edward Island, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

BCPS Librarian Long-Range Planning
Form Page 1 | Page 2
Use this form to record teacher's schedule for implementing units of instruction and when to integrate information literacy skills with curriculum content.

Library Media Monthly Update
Kevin Finkle of Seneca Elementary developed this form to get input from teachers regarding classroom teacher's instructional plans for literature, science, social studies, etc.

  rainbow Publication
Recommended Reading

The Information Powered School
June 2001 publication of the Public Education Network and American Association of School Librarians. The Information-Powered School is packed with more than 40 templates and model forms, all tested in actual Library Power sites. It outlines a specific plan for school library media specialists and teachers to share the responsibilities of planning, teaching, and assessing student learning and offering a truly coherent curriculum. Included are tips from experienced practitioners on gathering the support of teachers and principals, on managing new roles and responsibilities, and on leading the charge to integrate information literacy and technology into curricula.

starStudent Information Problem Solving Models (Student Research)
Use online lessons that will engage students in higher level critical thinking and problem solving through highly structured research process models. Go to the Teacher Role webpage.

starLesson Plan Mega Archives
Go to the Teacher Role webpage to located great ideas for collaborative lessons. 

 Technology and Info Literacy Integration

The following brochures (pdf) developed by the Office of Library Information Services show how library media specialists integrate technology. Scenarios are given based on Information Power Standards for Student Learning. Also, outlines systemic technology integration support. Print and share these with teachers.

See also Library Administrator and Teacher pages for other technology documents.

MD Library Standards
The MSDE Standards
for School Library Media Programs
provide the guiding principles for program development and evaluation in the Baltimore County Public Schools.

American Association of School Librarians

Position Statements
Flexible Scheduling
and others

Resource Guides

These web-based guides comprise a working bibliography of resources gathered by AASL staff to assist library media staff with all aspects of library programming.

More Lesson Planning Tools

Questioning for Thinking
Use this chart to plan quality questions that will challenge students to think critically.

Questioning: Managing Group Discussions
Great practical tips for leading class discussions

Strategies to Extend Student Thinking
Great practical questioning tips and examples

Post Observation Conference
This guide is a self-check of the completeness of your lesson planning. These questions are often asked during an observation conference. Knowing them in advance will guide your thinking process during the planning stage.


lesson plans
To address the national critical shortage of school library media specialists, the Baltimore County Public Schools formed a partnership with Towson University. The cohort is a 36 hour graduate credit masters degree program that will certify participants to administer school library media centers in Maryland. See the cohort website. Courses taught by Della Curtis.See course websites.
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