Library-Media Center Literacy Program
Kindergarten-6th Grade Program Rationale, Outcomes, and Goals
Created by Samantha Beutler

Literacy Program Rationale

The library-media center should be an integral part of the schoolÕs instructional process, acting as a central hub to connect learning activities in the classroom to educational experiences in the library-media center. In addition to providing reading or viewing materials to supplement the curriculum, quality literature must be provided that meet the individual needs and interests of all patrons the center serves. The policies, practices, and beliefs of the library-media center must support, supplement, and enhance the educational experiences offered in the classroom, as well as provide positive literature experiences for children in order to facilitate a desire for lifelong learning. Teachers and library-media specialists must collaborate to provide unique, motivating, and engaging learning experiences for students that integrate quality literature across the disciplines. The outcomes displayed below communicate what students and teachers will get out of the educational experiences offered through a collaborative teaching environment. The goals that follow provide more detailed information to explain how teachers and library-media specialists can help students achieve the goals to meet the outcomes.

Kindergaren-6th Grade Outcomes:

  1. Students will enjoy literary transactions by reading, listening, and responding to a variety of literary works, including books, electronic materials, musical compositions, poetry, dramatic works, and other types of media.
  2. Students will enjoy literary transactions by viewing, interpreting, and responding to dramatic works, visual arts, electronic images, and other media.
  3. Students will comprehend, analyze, criticize, and evaluate what they view, hear, read, interpret, and experience in order to discern quality literature examples.
  4. Students will recognize, classify, interpret, and appreciate different genre.
  5. Students will identify, understand, and interpret story elements.
  6. Students will relate their lives and personal experiences to literature.
  7. Students will appreciate classic and contemporary literary works, and communicate their appreciation of literature to others.
  8. Students will become lifelong learners that enjoy reading and appreciate diverse forms of literature.
  9. Students will create their own literature and positively respond to the work of peers.
  10. Students will develop confidence in their own creative abilities and skills.
  11. Teachers and library-media specialists will collaborate to integrate literature into all aspects of the schoolÕs curriculum.
  12. Teachers and library-media specialists will provide enriching literary experiences to enhance studentsÕ self-awareness and the understanding of the world around them.

Kindergarent-3rd Grade Literacy Program Goals:

The teacher and library-media specialist will:

Students will:

Increase their listening skills and attention span through exposure to quality literature that is read aloud.

4-th-6th Grade Literacy Program Goals:

(These goals are in addition to previously stated K-3 goals.)

Students will: