Teach Library

Lesson Plans for those who "Teach Library"

This space is for teacher-librarians to share their lesson plans and otherwise collaborate with each other. This space has been set up to follow the chapter headings from "Information Literacy for Life-Long Learning," the K-12 Library Scope and Sequence developed by the teacher-librarians of the Pittsburgh Public Schools (PA). (Please note that we begin here with Chapter 3, as chapters 1 & 2 do not require lesson plans.) (Download the complete Pittsburgh Public School's scope and sequence for libraries at the bottom of this linked page.)

You do not need to be a member to use materials found here. You can also add materials without being a member.

Why is this wiki different from all other wikis?
  • This wiki was created with the understanding that:
    • Teacher-librarians tend to be isolated within the bubble of their own library
    • Teacher-librarians have to take time to run the "library" side of the school library
    • Teacher-librarians quite often have to teach a full load of courses as well
    • Teacher-librarians quite often have some great lesson plans "up their sleeves" and don't get a chance to share them on a regular basis
    • Teacher-librarians don't usually have a lot of spare time to re-invent the wheel when it comes to lesson plans (And, why should they bother?)
Therefore, we welcome lesson plans and comments from our colleagues, both within, and from outside Pittsburgh. Hopefully, this wiki will help to make everyone's life a great deal easier.

It is imperative that all materials uploaded be in the public domain or written by you (and thus, without copyright).

We are requesting that each lesson plan be:
  • Titled, with a brief explanation of what the lesson does or tries to accomplish.
  • Uploaded to the appropriate page of this site (both the correct chapter/section and the correct age group)
  • Uploaded as an MS-Word, PowerPoint, or other common format document. (The Pittsburgh Public Schools, and many of our home computers, do not yet run Word-2007. Please use the MS-Office 2003 formats (.doc, .ppt, etc.) rather than the MS-Office 2007 formats (.xdoc, etc.). Also, please remember that many of our colleagues cannot edit Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files.
  • Accompanied by your name, your school name, a date (month/year) and an email. That way anyone with questions can contact you.
  • In the public domain.

We are also requesting that:
  • No lesson plans be erased, or changed, without permission of the author.
  • If you have comments or suggestions, you may add them after the listing for the lesson. Help out your colleagues. Let them know what works and what doesn't. (Remember to "play nice.")
  • Please "join" the page. (Click on "Join" at the very top right, or on the left, just below the colored header.) This will make it easier to monitor usage statistics.

To edit any page:
  1. Navigate to the page that you want to go to (using the navigation bar on the left). Make sure that you are in both the right chapter and the right grade level.
  2. Go to the top right of the page and click on "Edit this Page"
  3. The editing tool-bar will appear. (You can then drag this tool-bar to any point on the page, where it will "float.")
  4. Click into the page, and type the verbiage/data that you want.
    • To upload a file, click on the picture of a tree. Remember, you must be signed in to upload.
    • To link to another site on the web, click on the icon showing the globe and the links of a chain.
  5. Make sure to click "Save" before leaving the page or your edits will be lost.

The editor of this page reserves the right to edit, update, move or even delete any materials that are inappropriate, or in the inappropriate section of this wiki, as well as to edit, update, move or even delete any materials based upon quality.

Thank you for participating.

Samuel Jackendoff
Curriculum Supervisor for Library and Information Sciences
Pittsburgh Public Schools