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New Mexico School Library - Independent Reading and Information Literacy Standards and Benchmarks

Grades 6 - 8

Information Literacy and Reading
The student will be able to access, evaluate, and apply information in a variety of formats.


The student will

1. develop an increasing proficiency in accessing, reading, and using materials, both fiction and nonfiction.

2. recognize the need to find information, formulate questions, and develop strategies for identifying and locating information.

3. identify, access, and analyze accurate information that is applicable to a specific problem or question.

4. organize information, draw conclusions, resolve problems or questions, and choose the most appropriate format for the presentation of the information.

Performance Standards

The student

1. Develops a research path based on recognition of need for accurate and comprehensive information.

2. Formulates the essential question and identifies key words to develop search strategies.

3. Identifies a variety of resources in the school or community.

4. Can access materials by using subject/keyword, author, or title and call number.

5. Locates information using search techniques such as library catalog, Internet, periodical databases, and other print or electronic sources.

6. Scans material for information and relevancy.

7. Determines accuracy and comprehensiveness of sources, including primary and secondary sources, fact and opinion, and copyright currency.

8. Understands and analyzes information for a specific purpose.

9. Integrates information into own knowledge base.

10. Draws conclusions based on question and problem.

11. Chooses appropriate format for presentation, citing sources accurately, and avoiding plagiarism.

12. Uses a self-evaluation tool to measure the process.

Literature and Independent Reading
The student will demonstrate an awareness of and appreciation for literature in a variety of formats for personal enrichment and growth.


The student will

1. read literature from a variety of authors, cultures, and genres.

2. analyze, explain, and present information and ideas from diverse quality texts.

3. seek literature related to personal interests and well-being.

Performance Standards:

The student

1. Describes the characteristics of literary genres including mystery, biography, science fiction, realistic fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, folktales, fairy tales, poetry, and drama.

2. Identifies literary elements and writing styles of a variety of literatures.

3. Recognizes and understands the criteria for selection of award-winning books.

4. Examines classic and contemporary literature from a variety of historical periods and diverse cultures.

5. Uses a variety of strategies for revising, improving, and updating personal reading growth as a life skill.

Social Responsibility
The student will demonstrate social responsibility regarding use of library property, information sources, and information technology.


The student will

1. demonstrate responsible library citizenship.

2. choose and share information from diverse cultures and varied sources.

3. demonstrate respect for the principles of intellectual freedom and intellectual property rights, avoid plagiarism, and use information technology according to school policy.

4. respectfully share knowledge, ideas, and information with others, both in person and through technologies.

Performance Standards:

The student

1. Demonstrates respect for the principle of equitable access to information.

2. Recognizes the value of intellectual freedom and property rights, thus avoiding plagiarism.

3. Assumes personal responsibility for appropriate and ethical use of technology.

4. Assumes personal responsibility for care of equipment and materials, and the sharing of both with others.

5. Cites bibliographic sources in acceptable format.

6. Observes copyright laws.

7. Shares knowledge and information with others.

8. Demonstrates respect for diverse ideas, backgrounds, and contributions of others.

9. Collaborates with others to identify and solve problems.

10. Evaluates the group process, and individual contributions.

Media Literacy
The student will be able to apply media literacy principles to critically analyze and create media.


The student will

1. be aware that media literacy is integral to modern citizenship, informed decision making, and healthy lifestyles.

2. analyze elements of media messages to understand their forms, functions, content, and intent.

3. evaluate elements and intended results of media messages to facilitate selection for personal and educational use.

4. be able to produce media messages in selected formats.

Performance Standards:

The student

1. Identifies the various types of media (e.g., newspapers, radio, television, billboards).

2. Identifies and describes typical genres of different visual media (e.g., in television: sitcoms, talk shows, news broadcasts, interviews, children’s programs; in film: westerns, musicals, horror).

3. Explains the main idea or message in visual media (e.g., pictures, cartoons, weather reports on television, newspaper photographs, visual narratives, news programs as entertainment, portrayal of appealing lifestyles).

4. Recognizes techniques used to convey messages and influence thinking in visual media.

5. Recognizes how language choice is used to influence or appeal to a particular audience (e.g., language of particular television or film genres, the use of emotional or logical arguments in commercials, glittering generalities, subliminal messages, narrative style).

6. Describes the use of stereotypes and biases in visual media (e.g., distorted representations of society, imagery and stereotyping in advertising, elements of stereotypes, such as physical characteristics, manner of speech, beliefs, and attitudes).

7. Applies media techniques to create a simple media message to influence an audience.