Published on March 22, 2014
This lesson was collaboratively developed by C. Brown, K. Gukeisen, A. Peterson, M. Reddin Aldrich, and M. Wohlafka for Syracuse University's IST 564 course: Library Services to Students with Disabilities During this library lesson, students will find evaluate, and select an appropriate library resource, from a selection of resources in a variety of formats, that will inform the writing of a narrative for their Social Studies unit, Interdependent Roles in Colonial Times. The librarians will lead students through the process of recording facts and details from their resource. At the end of the library lesson, students will verbally reflect on their research experience by describing their process for finding a useful resource for their project, and they will have a completed graphic organizer that they will use in their social studies class. This library lesson focuses on research, and specifically focuses on finding, evaluating, and selecting appropriate sources in a variety of formats to answer questions about Colonial life. Students will be asked to focus on the similarities and differences between the lives of Colonial people and the lives of people today, with particular focus on the following: the food that they ate vs. what we eat today, how they dressed, and how they got from place to place. This information literacy lesson directly supports the final subject area performance task for Social Studies Module 2A (EngageNY, 2013). This lesson is designed to support NYS Common Core Social Studies Module 2A, Interdependent Roles in Colonial Times, in which students read about various colonial trades (such as the wheelwright, the cooper, etc.), with an emphasis on making inferences, summarizing information texts and conducting basic research. As the final subject area performance task, students synthesize information from multiple sources as they write a research-based narrative that vividly describes an event in a colonist’s life. The research students perform during the library lesson will enrich their understanding of their topic and inform their writing for the final subject area performance task.