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April 2013, Volume 5, Issue 4

Continuing Education Alert

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One Book SD

School Library Month

Month of the Military Child

National Library Week
April 14-20

Money Smart Week
April 20-27

World Book Night
April 23

El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros
April 30

Featured e-Resources of the Month
World Book Student now available for iPad and Online Resources for English Language Learners

Library Development


Get ready for the "4th R" with State Library materials

Common Core State Standards continue to expect students to learn "readin', writin' and 'rithmetic." Our information age adds the "4th R" — research. Writing standards 7, 8, and 9 are about researching to build and present knowledge. That includes understanding the research subject, gathering and evaluating source information and using it ethically and correctly to support the researcher's thesis.

Librarians to the rescue! Whether you are in a school, academic or public library, you can help students research by teaching them efficient ways to find good information and be ethical in its application.

The State Library has many books to help you help students. Many of them have the words "Common Core" in the title, but older books can help you teach research skills, too.

Internet-Based Student Research, Grades 5-12 by Jacqueline Keane and Carmen Walsh offers the “CIDE” method as steps in student research: concept, investigation, design, and execution with accompanying projects (Worthington, OH: Linworth, 2006, 178 pgs.).

Get Them Thinking: Use Media Literacy to Prepare Students for State Assessments by Sue Lockwood Summers helps you help students identify credible, appropriate sources and apply critical thinking. Thinking about these five essential questions helps students discern the best information sources: 1) Who created the message? 2) What is the message? 3) How was the message delivered? 4) What is the impact of the message on me? and 5) What is the impact of the message on society? A list of critical thinking skills and components of a media message will help teach media literacy and may help raise students’ test scores (Worthington, OH: Linworth, 2005, 125 pgs.).

Search by these subjects in the State Library catalog for these and other available titles:

  • Research—study and teaching
  • Critical Thinking
  • Media Literacy
  • Information Literacy





Common Core, literacy, research

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