Background and Resources:

Library Media Crosswalk Alignment to CSS
Common Core and Teaching Video Clips from Tch, the Teaching Channel
Common Core Standards Home Page
Library of Congress Common Core
Common Core Resources from the Nov. MAME 2012 Conference {Depth Of Knowledge Chart (DOK), reading tasks & charts, informational texts,sample acitivies,etc.}
Interview with Pamela Kramer, Executive Director of AASL
Booklist Resources
School Librarians and the Common Core Standards: Resources Live Binder
Bibliography of Articles on CC and School Libraries
Unpacking a Standard by Julie Green
Poetry Fridays and Common Core
Common Core Literacy Example using King's Letter From a Birmingham Jail
Teaching (Common Core Video)
Illinois School Library Media Association (ISAIL-2011)

Interview with Pamela K. Kramer is a former school librarian, Deputy Executive Director of AASL, Director of the DuPage Library System in Geneva, IL, and is a consultant with Pamela K. Kramer & Associates, Inc. Email:

Booklist Resources

The CC is laden with research-related skills. Per the Common Core Document ( page 4):

An integrated model of literacy
"Although the Standards are divided into Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language strands for conceptual clarity, the processes of communication are closely connected, as reflected throughout this document.For example, Writing standard 9 requires that students be able to write about what they read. Likewise, Speaking and Listening standard 4 sets the
expectation that students will share findings from their research."
"Research and media skills blended into the Standards as a whole :To be ready for college, workforce training, and life in a technological society,students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas, to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems, and to analyze and create a high volume and extensive range of print and nonprint texts in media forms old and new. The need to conduct research and to produce and consume media is embedded into every aspect of today’s curriculum. In like fashion, research and media skills and understandings are embedded throughout the Standards rather than treated in a separate section."
1) What should BPS students know and be able to do by the end of 2nd, 5th, 8th, and 12th grade?
2) How can we better utilize Library Media Skills for teaching to enhance research instruction to meet the CCSS?

Mission Statement for Birmingham Public SchoolsT
he Birmingham Library Media Department mission is to work collaboratively with classroom teachers and administrators to provide the resources and instruction for students and staff, so that they will:
1. Expand their reading interests and abilities.
2. Become effective researchers.
3. Use inquiry and technology meaningfully.
4. Enhance critical thinking.
5. Gain and create new knowledge.

Four primary Library Media Goals:

1. Inquire, think Critically and gain knowledge

2. Draw Conclusions and make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situaitons, and create new knowledge.

3. Share Knowledged and participate ethically and productifvely as members of our democratic society

4. Pursue personal and aesthetic growth

Curriculum Teams Kdg-2nd-Annette, DaNita, Julie, Elisabeth, Hilery, and Kimberly (Annette will facilitate)

Digital Citizenship Article

By the end of 2nd grade students will know and/or be able to:(Examples)
  • Use shelf markers to locate books
  • Access Pebble Go
  • Locate Easy Fiction Section of the Media center and understand arrangement of books
  • Formulate an I-Wonder question
Third-Fifth- Phyllis, and Laurie, Susan (Laurie will facilitate)
By the end of Fifth grade Students will know and/or be able to:
  • Know how to successfully select a just right personal book
  • Independently access media materials by author title and subject
  • Access and use targeted databases
Curriculum Teams- 6-8th Grades -Sue & Teresa (Sue, Team contact)
By the end of Eighth grade Students will know and/or be able to:
  • Access and understand database organization ( i.e. global issues in context)
  • Properly Cite sources of research

Curiculum Teams High-Nancy & Pam (Nancy, Team contact)
By the end of Twelfth grade Students will be able to:
  • Distinguishes data bases for selection of best source for research

2nd grade example from Common Core-
CC.2.R.L.10 Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including prose and poetry, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Common Core Standards Home page

MIDDLE SCHOOL 8th Grade Curriculum

Includes standards, exit skills and objectives
Cross referenced with Common Core, AASL Standards and NETS

High School 12th Grade Curriculum

Look on Atlas Rubicon Media 9-12 DMC for our lessons