Getting Started

NEWS FLASH:      Reading and Research are an integral part of the Common Core Standards. 
                               Therefore, librarians are at the core of Common Core!

  • Goals of the PSLA Curriculum website:
    • Get librarians ready for common core curriculum standards that are here and those to come
    • Prepare librarians to implement new model statewide library curriculum
    • Provide resources to support librarians as they team with administrators and teachers, students and parents to succeed in navigating the future
  • Methods to achieve goals:
    • Series of concise web pages with information and linked resources to make the murky waters of common core standards crystal clear.
    • Screencasts, short instructional videos provided where appropriate

  • Vocabulary to be used:
    • Common Core Standards
      • National system of standards adopted and modified to create the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards
    • SAS 
      • Standards Aligned System, Pennsylvania's internet portal to the standards and model lessons
    • UBD 
      • Understanding by Design, method of developing lessons starting with the desired end result.
    • Big Ideas
      • Highlight specific content all students should learn at all ages
    • Essential Questions
      • Over arching questions linked to the Big Ideas and guide student inquiry and critical thinking and learning
    • Library Competencies
      • Skills students will be able to do as the result of instruction

  • Vocabulary from the Standards
    • Literary text
    • Literary fiction
    • Literature
    • Literary non-fiction
    • Informational text
    • Seminal text
    • Media
    • Medium or mediums