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Tasty Test Prep Tidbits in the Library


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Tasty Test Prep Tidbits in the Library

  1. 1. Tasty Test-Prep Tidbits in the Library: Information Literacy & the CST Sarah Bosler & Connie Joyce Chaffey Joint Union HS District
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>Created S.M.A.R.T. goals </li></ul><ul><li>Specific </li></ul><ul><li>Measurable </li></ul><ul><li>Attainable </li></ul><ul><li>Realistic </li></ul><ul><li>Timely </li></ul><ul><li>( </li></ul>
  3. 3. CA English-Language Arts Standards <ul><li>The following ninth and tenth grade English-Language Arts standards are directly related to information literacy: </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Compression 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Structural Features of Informational Materials 2.2 : prepare a bibliography of reference materials for a report using a variety of consumer, workplace, and public documents. </li></ul><ul><li>Number of questions on CST = 2 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Reading Comp. 2.2 Example <ul><li>If this book were to be added to a bibliography/works cited, which of the following entries would be correct? </li></ul><ul><li>A) Dennis Martin. Running for Your Health . Miami: McDevonshire Books, 1997. B) Dennis Martin. Running for Your Health . 1997. McDevonshire Books: Miami. C) Martin, Dennis. McDevonshire Books. Running for Your Health . Miami: 1997. D) Martin, Dennis. Running for Your Health . Miami: McDevonshire Books, 1997. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Writing Strategies 1.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Research and Technology 1.3 : use clear research questions and suitable research methods (e.g., library, electronic media, personal interview) to elicit and present evidence from primary and secondary sources. </li></ul><ul><li>Number of questions on CST = 2 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Research and Tech. 1.3 Example <ul><li>As a student begins his/her research, which person would be most helpful in guiding him? </li></ul><ul><li> A) a school counselor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>B) a geography teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>C) a school principal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>D) a school librarian </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Research and Technology 1.5 : synthesize information from multiple sources and identify complexities and discrepancies in the information and the different perspectives found in each medium (e.g., almanacs, microfiche, news sources, in-depth field studies, speeches, journals, technical documents). </li></ul><ul><li>Number of questions on CST = 2 </li></ul><ul><li>(Also 1 out of 92 questions on the CaHSEE) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Research and Tech. 1.5 Example <ul><li>What would be the best source for more information about the Chicano Mural Movement? </li></ul><ul><li>A. A magazine article titled “Historical Art in New York City” </li></ul><ul><li>B. An essay about the current trends in mural art </li></ul><ul><li>C. A book titled The History of Latino Art </li></ul><ul><li>D. A journal article entitled “Murals of the Big Three” </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Research and Technology 1.7 : use appropriate conventions for documentation in the text, notes, and bibliographies by adhering to those in style manuals (e.g., the Modern Language Association Handbook, The Chicago Manual of Style). </li></ul><ul><li>Number of questions on CST = 2 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Research and Tech. 1.7 Example <ul><li>What is the correct way to list a book about Death Valley by Maxine Garcia? </li></ul><ul><li>A. Maxine Garcia, New York: The Famous Valley. Hartford </li></ul><ul><li>Books, 1998. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Garcia, Maxine. The Famous Valley. New York: </li></ul><ul><li>Hartford Books, 1998. </li></ul><ul><li>C. The Famous Valley by Maxine Garcia. New York: </li></ul><ul><li>Hartfood Books, 1998. </li></ul><ul><li>D. Garcia, Maxine. New York: Hartford Books. The </li></ul><ul><li>Famous Valley, 1998. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Eleventh Grade Standards <ul><li>Research and Technology 1.7: Use systematic strategies to organize and record information (e.g., anecdotal scripting, annotated bibliographies) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Total info. literacy questions = 2 </li></ul>
  12. 12. Ninth and Tenth Grade Standards <ul><li>Total info. literacy questions = 8 out of 75 </li></ul><ul><li>11% </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>More justification for teacher librarians! </li></ul><ul><li>JOB SECURITY! </li></ul>
  14. 14. How We Began <ul><li>8 TLs in the CJUHSD </li></ul><ul><li>Worked in pairs </li></ul><ul><li>One of the four ELA standards per group </li></ul><ul><li>Each group turned in 20 questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Result—80 questions! </li></ul>
  15. 15. Criteria for Questions <ul><li>Same format as CST questions </li></ul><ul><li>4 choices </li></ul><ul><li>Short questions (no long passages) </li></ul><ul><li>Only one possible answer </li></ul>
  16. 16. The Challenge <ul><li>Even though all information literacy is important, these questions must relate to the ELA standards. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Example of a Question Not on the CST <ul><li>Your social studies teacher assigns a two-page research paper. You are to write about a famous person from history whom you think changed our country. Read the topic statement below. </li></ul><ul><li>President John F. Kennedy and his promise to put a man on the moon changed our country. </li></ul><ul><li>This topic is: </li></ul><ul><li>A good topic </li></ul><ul><li>Too narrow </li></ul><ul><li>Too broad </li></ul>
  18. 18. Resources Used <ul><li>CST and CaHSEE released questions </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  19. 19. Resources Used <ul><li>Trails 9: Tools for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  20. 20. Resources Used <ul><li>Create questions using our own library collections. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Additional Resource <ul><li>Project SAILS: Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Paid resource. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Applications for This Project <ul><li>Collaborate with your English department </li></ul><ul><li>Use in the library and/or lib. computer lab </li></ul><ul><li>Create games, lunch activities, etc. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Use Technology <ul><li>Use web sites, such as, to have students enter their answers. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Students Try It!
  25. 25. Let’s Try It!
  26. 26. Let’s Collaborate! <ul><li>Let’s continue this discussion and create even more sample questions! The more questions, the better! </li></ul><ul><li>Join our Yahoo! discussion list, InfoLit. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
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