Kristina Graves

Library Media/Tech Integration Specialist

gravesk@schenectady.k12.ny.us

518-370-8160 ext. 36188

©2018 by Mont Pleasant Middle School Learning Commons, Schenectady City School District

About 

Kristina Graves

Library Media/Tech Integration Specialist

gravesk@schenectady.k12.ny.us

518-370-8160 ext. 36188

 

Schenectady City School District
Mont Pleasant Middle School
1211 Forest Rd
Schenectady, NY 12303

Vision

In the Schenectady City School District, 

we believe and teach the following about 

the research process:

humans are by nature curious beings 

who ask questions, 

seek answers 

and share what matters with others. 

Mission

Our role as teachers and school librarians:

develop and refine 

learners’ habits and skills 

in communicating their discoveries 

in an effective, efficient, and ethical process 

that grows and evolves throughout their academic years and beyond.

Priority Benchmark Skills
for Information Fluency and Inquiry

The Empire State Information Fluency Continuum developed grade level benchmarks which have been altered by a team of librarians and tech integration specialists at Schenectady City School District in Schenectady, NY. 

• Uses online catalog independently to locate specific books, get classification numbers, and browse the shelves

• Selects and uses multiple appropriate print, non-print, electronic, and human sources

• Evaluates print and electronic information for usefulness, relevance, and accuracy

 

• Uses both primary and secondary sources

• Cites all sources used according to model provided by teacher

• Uses various note taking strategies (e.g., outlining, underlining, bulleted lists, highlighting, graphic organizers)

• Combines information and weighs evidence to draw conclusions and create meaning

• Presents conclusions and supporting facts in a variety of ways

• Modifies and revises own work based on feedback from teacher and others

•  Identifies own strengths and sets goals for improvement

Grade 6 Benchmarks

• States and verifies what is known about the problem or question and makes connections to prior knowledge

• Analyzes and evaluates what is known, observed or experienced to form tentative thesis or hypothesis

• Evaluates quality of electronic and print information for usefulness, currency, authority and accuracy

• Uses both facts and opinions responsibly by identifying and verifying them

• Uses common organizational patterns (chronological order, cause and effect, compare/contrast) to organize information in order to draw conclusions

• Interprets information and ideas by defining, classifying, and inferring

• Cites all sources used according to local style formats

• Identifies own strengths and sets goals for improvement

•  Uses establisted criteria or collaborates with classmates and teacher to develop criteria for assessment

Grade 7 Benchmarks

• Revises the question or problem as needed to arrive at a manageable topic for inquiry

• Refines questions to guide the search for different types of information (e.g., overview, big idea, specific detail, cause and effect, comparison)

• Uses different formats (e.g., books, Websites, subscription on databases, multimedia, graphs, charts, maps and diagrams) as sources of information

• Recognizes the effect of different perspective and points of view on information

• Recognizes that own point of view influences the interpretation of information

• Draws conclusions based on explicit and implied information

• Creates products for authentic reasons and audiences

• Identifies own strengths and sets goals for improvement

• Cites all sources used according to model provided by teacher

Grade 8 Benchmarks