Paper Trail Assignment

Step Three

Step Three, Annotated Bibliography of Sources Used:  Using ACRL and AASL Standards, students will identify the ability to find, evaluate and use information sources effectively and presenting them concisely.  Resources, in a variety of formats (books, professional articles, websites, experts, etc.) are to be included.  A minimum of 15 to 20 items are to be used.

This link goes to the PDF of the AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner’s pamphlet/handout, which can be used as a driving force in teaching all information literacy lessons. The 8 page document breaks down the associations’ ideas behind teaching information literacy to students. The document discusses the importance of reading, inquiry, ethical behavior in the use of information, equitable access to information and other important ideals for the 21st century learner and would be a great reference for teachers and students.

This site is the main entry to the Common Core State Standards Initiative. The state of Florida adopted the Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts and Mathematics in July, 2010. This site offers valuable information into the standards and why they are important to our local school system. On this site, I found information pertaining specifically to reading standards for literacy in History/Social Studies and in Science and Technical Subjects. This site will help me better identify the standards in which I need to focus. The specific PDF can be found at the following site:

This site is an extension of the Florida Department of Education’s main site, which highlights everything FCAT-related. On this site, I was able to learn about FCAT 2.0, EOC’s (End of Course exams) and obtain sample questions, reference sheets and links to other valuable resources.

This site contains the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for all grade levels and curricular areas. On this site, educators can access downloadable and printable reports of standards and access curriculum, activity and general resources to use in the lesson planning and guidance.

This link is from the School District of Hillsborough County’s main site. This link provides educators, students and parents information and resources regarding curriculum taught in all middle schools in the county. I was able to find direct links to Social Studies and Science links, which offered curriculum guides, course descriptions, electronic and paper resources, etc. This is a great link to everything middle school curriculum-based.

This site offers several different “Gizmos,” which are used to give students a visual, virtual activity to coincide with certain concepts within the Science standards and curriculum. Students can do such things as grow a plant, controlling sunlight, hydration and other factors or explore Earth’s oceans and other features, such as atmosphere, weather and climate, among other interactive activities.

This site is a one-stop site for students, parents and educators in Hillsborough County looking for virtual reference materials and other resources. The Virtual Library contains all the databases that the Hillsborough County Public Schools Library Media Supervisor has purchased for grades 6-12. This site contains access to such databases as Gale Virtual Reference Library, Britannica Online School Edition, Country Reports and much more. This site also contains access to e-books purchased by the district, videos through MediaCAST and links to other popular sites.

Cybercat is the search engine used by Hillsborough County media specialists, teachers and students to find out what is physically located in the county’s school libraries. Within Cybercat, searches show inventory checked in, missing, checked out, on loan, etc. Students and teachers can check their personal accounts, seeing what they have on loan, placing holds on items and finding specific titles using keyword, subject, title, author or general word searches. On Cybercat, I was able to find hundreds of titles related to the specific standards within Science and Social Studies. This will be an integral component when I conduct specific literacy lessons. Cybercat is directly linked to Symphony, which is the web-based checkout system used in school sites in Hillsborough County.

myOn Reader is an online interactive e-reading site, which is now being offered to every student in the county from birth through to 8th grade. The site allows students, parents and educators to access over 2,000 e-book titles via the Internet. The site has been made available to students through initiatives funded by such organizations as the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, HOST (Hillsborough County Public Schools Out-of-School Time) program, The Children’s Board, etc. The site allows for Social Studies and Science teachers to create online “text sets” for specific content areas within their areas of studies for classroom use and home use.

This is the Glencoe site designated as an ancillary to the 8th grade History textbook. The site includes unit activities, interactive tutors, other web resources and current events. This site also offers such things as crossword puzzles, TIME Magazine reports, and more. It is a great interactive site for students, parents and teachers.

This is the official site for the National Council for the Social Studies. On this site, educators can access such things as lesson plans, periodicals and other publications, professional development opportunities, etc. This site also contains information on National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. I found this  on the school district’s IDEAS network; it is a great resource.

Hillsborough County Public Schools’ Middle School Science Making Connections Revised Curriculum with Gizmos PDF’s

Within the school district’s IDEAS network, I was able to download the revised curriculum PDF guides for grades 6-8. The revised edition has the Gizmo activities tied into the standards. For example, the Seed Germination Gizmo is suggested for implementation within the 7th grade benchmark involving scientific process.

Science Department Curriculum Overview, 2011-12, Semesters 1 & 2

These two documents highlight the timeframe for teaching the Science curriculum over the course of the school year, month-to-month and by each specific course, separating regular, honors and IPS (Introductory to Physical Science). This is a great document to have when organizing information literacy lessons for the entire school year. These documents can be found in the school district’s IDEAS network.

NGSSS Social Studies Grade 8 Curriculum Guide, Hillsborough County, Word Document

This document covers the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for 8th grade Social Studies in Hillsborough County. This document offers not only the standards, but how they can be met, including references to the American Journey textbook and website links to pertinent information. Although these NGSSS can be found on a previously mentioned site, this document gives additional information for teachers in Hillsborough County Public Schools. This document was also found on the school district’s IDEAS network.

Hillsborough County Public Schools IDEAS Network

This site is available to educators through the school district’s First Class mail server system. In IDEAS, teachers are able to access information such as pacing guides, curriculum guides, lesson plans, electronic resources and much more.

Information Literacy and the Research Process: A Literacy-Based Approach, Microsoft PowerPoint presentation

This PowerPoint presentation was created by Christine VanBrunt, Library Media Supervisor, 6-12. It was created to help media specialists explain the importance of information credibility, authority, accuracy, reliability and more. It is a great introduction to any information literacy lesson, as it not only explains the research process, it also gives students the opportunity to practice what is being taught. This was found in the Media Specialists’ icon in the school district’s IDEAS network.

FCAT 2.0 Science Test Item Specifications, Grade 8

This document gives specific information regarding the Science FCAT 2.0 for 8th grade students. It includes information on such things as question types and complexity, benchmark specifications, content assessment, etc. This is a tool that can be used to guide information literacy instruction.

6th Grade Curriculum Coverage Skills for Social Studies Students (includes Geography Handbook and information on the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Oceania, Australia and Antarctica)

This curriculum guide offers teachers a unit time frame, textbook corollaries, teaching activities and more. It is designed to give Geography teachers a step-by-step guide on what to teach, when to teach it and how. This is available in the school’s district’s IDEA S network.

The American Journey Textbook, Glencoe Publishing

This textbook covers the curriculum for the 8th grade History classes for the Hillsborough County, ranging from the time period of the First Americans (prehistory to 1492) through to modern America. It contains Sunshine State Standards for American History, keys for succeeding on the FCAT. This is the foundation for 8th grade History students.

The World and Its People, Glencoe Publishing

This textbook covers the curriculum for 7th grade Geography classes for the Hillsborough County covering the Western Hemisphere, Europe and Russia. The textbook also refers students and teachers to the online resource:, which includes online study tools, web activities, current events, state resources, etc. This is the foundation for 7th grade Geography students.

People, Places and Change, an Introduction to World Studies, Eastern Hemisphere, Holt Publishing

This textbook covers the curriculum for 6th grade Geography classes for Hillsborough County covering the Eastern Hemisphere. There is also an online site, which allows students, parents and educators to access additional information. The site offers additional online resources such as maps, downloadable worksheets, homework practice quizzes, etc. This is the foundation for 6th grade Geography students.

Holt Science and Technology Life, Earth, Physical Textbook, Holt Publishing

There are three different textbooks for each grade level for middle school Science: Life, Earth and Physical Sciences for 6th, 7th and 8th grades respectively. Just like other Holt Publishing products, the textbooks have additional resources available online including worksheets, quizzes, maps, etc. Again, these textbooks are the foundations for all Science classes.

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