Middle School

 

The goal of the Villa library program is to develop students who value learning and have the skills, strategies, and processes to be independent users of information. The library curriculum provides learning opportunities for students to develop skills in the following areas:

 

Information Literacy and the Research Process

Students practice information literacy skills that enable them to gain meaning from information.

  • Research strategies and process.
  • Develop good central questions.
  • Compare primary and secondary resources.
  • Use criteria to evaluate resources.
  • Use techniques to create good notes.

 

Literature Appreciation and Reading for Meaning

Students develop skills and strategies to better understand the message of a story and/or information.

  • Comprehension strategies.
  • Introduce new titles in YA literature.
  • Analyze story elements.
  • Compare genres.
  • Compare story formats.
  • Genre Study.
  • Use graphic novels and story collections.
  • Compare and contrast attributes of various genres.
  • Culture study.
  • Use historical novels to study history.
  • Read and respond to a variety of stories representing different views, cultures, perspectives, and issues.

 

Library Responsibilities

Students develop skills and strategies to help them use the resources of the library effectively.

  • Location and access strategies.
  • Use web sites and online databases.
  • Use resources from community libraries.
  • Understand fair use of resources and information.
  • Understand copyright.
  • Team building.
  • Use strategies for working successfully with a group.
  • Use critical thinking strategies.
  • Use creative problem solving strategies.