Library Media Center

August 20, 2021

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Hixson Middle School’s Library Media Center plays an essential part of the education of middle school students in the Webster Groves School District. Rapid changes in technology requires quality library media programs with a variety of resources and skills, enabling students to access, evaluate, interpret, and apply information.


6th Grade

Students will receive direct instruction from a librarian through their ELA classes. They may also receive instruction through other core curricular classes and elective subject areas. Time will always be provided to independently select books of interest. Students are able to check out up to two books at a time with a two week check out window.


Literacy: Students will expand their knowledge of literary forms, as they read and interpret works of literature for curricular and self-selected reading.


Research: Students will continue to refine skills and further develop knowledge learned in fifth grade library classes with regards to the automated library catalog and selection of resources. Students will learn to identify, evaluate, refine, and ethically integrate a variety of research media into curricular projects. They will critically evaluate the research process and refine their information-seeking techniques as it pertains to their final products.


Technology: Students will review the skills learned in fifth grade, and further develop knowledge of website navigation, research databases and other age appropriate technology. They will identify the qualities of a responsible digital citizen with regards to retrieval, evaluation, creation, and presentation of information. Students will be taught a variety of social media personal safety lessons designed to help students stay safe while online.


7th Grade

Students will receive direct instruction from a librarian through their ELA classes. They may also receive instruction through other core curricular classes and elective subject areas. Time will always be provided to independently select books of interest. Students are able to check out up to three books at a time with a two week check out window.


Literacy: Students will continue to identify the criteria of literary genres and award-winning books with a focus on diversity and cross-cultural literature for curricular and self-selected reading.


Research: Students will expand their use of traditional and electronic tools, refining their research strategies and incorporating multiple production techniques. They will focus on analyzing, evaluating, and synthesizing online media. With emphasis on the creation of bibliographic citations, students will begin to develop an understanding of citation formatting and development.


Technology: Students will review the skills learned in sixth grade, and further develop knowledge of website navigation, research databases, and other age appropriate technology. As digital citizens, students will continue to enhance skills using current and emerging information and collaborative technologies, including the evaluation of relevant learning platforms. Students will have lessons focused on appropriate social media interactions while on line.


8th Grade

Students will receive direct instruction from a librarian through their ELA classes. They may also receive instruction through other core curricular classes and elective subject areas. Time will always be provided to independently select books of interest. Students are able to check out up to four books at a time with a two week check out window.


Literacy: Students will continue to identify the criteria of literary genres and award-winning books and media, expanding analysis skills in curricular and self-selected reading.


Research: Students will be able to navigate information sources on a local and global scale. Students will delve deeper into the detailed research process and further refine evaluation, analysis, synthesis, and presentation skills. Students will continue to develop an understanding of plagiarism and the ethical use of print and nonprint information and produce a works cited that reflects the research process.


Technology: Students will review the skills learned in seventh grade, and further develop knowledge of website navigation, research databases, and other age appropriate technology. Students will utilize advanced collaborative production tools and continue to develop an understanding of their role as an ethical digital native in information seeking. Students will engage in social media lessons designed to highlight and manage their on-line persona.


Student Outcomes:


Students will:

1. Understand and be able to navigate and use Library Media Center for access to all print and digital resources according to established procedures, schedule, layout, and systems for assistance, including finding specific information needs within a particular source.

2. Show an appreciation for literature by electing to read for pleasure and expressing an interest in various literary genres.

3. Use the MLA format to create a Works Cited and/or Annotated Works Cited.

4. Understand clear examples of plagiarism and employ strategies to avoid it.

5. Access and use available technology effectively, including software programs as needed.

6. Develop an understanding of how social media impacts their life.


Units of Instruction (including but not limited to):

1. Orientation – Library Rules and Procedures

2. Literature Appreciation

3. Identifying and Locating Sources of Information

4. Information Gathering and Organization

5. Online Database and Internet Searching

6. Plagiarism and Information Ethics – Works Cited, in-text citations, quoting, and paraphrasing

7. Using Technology Tools for Assignments and Presentation

Contact Us

Gail Tumminello - tuminello.gail@wgmail.org

Jordan Haddock - haddock.jordan@wgmail.org

Sandra Quain - quain.sandra@wgmail.org