Library Curriculum

The goal of the Lower School library curriculum is to foster in students a love of reading and an enthusiastic approach to the process of information literacy. We strive to develop students who are information literate, ethical and independent learners. Students are introduced to various genres of literature during library visits. Students learn information literacy skills in their regular weekly library classes and in additionally scheduled classes to support research projects throughout the year.

Information Literacy Skills

Students who are information literate can:

— access information efficiently and effectively

— evaluate information critically and competently

— use information accurately and creatively

The library staff collaborates with classroom teachers and the technology coordinator to teach skills that build the student’s ability to use the library and its resources as a reliable source for their reading and information needs. When students develop the skills and strategies for using the library and its resources independently, they are gaining skills that they will carry forward to other libraries and information sources.

Library Classes

Library classes are a combination of exposure to the best of children’s literature and instruction in critical information literacy skills. Students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade have a scheduled library period once each week.  

The library curriculum is organized around three concepts:

  • Stewardship of shared library materials
  • Selection and interpretation of high quality children’s literature
  • Information literacy using the BIG6/SUPER3 problem solving models

Students are introduced to the BIG6 process for completing research assignments and for working through  information problems. It is used worldwide in school library and media centers (more information can be found at www.big6.org). SUPER3 is a simpler version of BIG6 that students learn in pre-kindergarten through second grade.

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Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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