Information Literacy

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Course Syllabus

Course Description:

Information literacy is the ability to find, use, create and share information safely and effectively, an invaluable skill in today’s world of information overload.  In this course, you will study research methods and strategies, evaluate and use information, and become responsible digital citizens.  Topics covered throughout this course include Google searching, website evaluation, MLA citations, plagiarism, online databases, online library catalog, safe online practices, responsible use of social networking tools, and more.

The Standards for the 21st-Century Learner* are:

Standard 1:
Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.

Standard 2:
Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.

Standard 3:
Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.

Standard 4:
Pursue personal and aesthetic growth.

*Source: Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009.

The AASL Standards Framework for Learners, updated 2018 can be found at


Grading is based on a point system.  The number of points a student earns is divided by the total number of possible points in order to figure out his/her grade.  The majority of your grade will be determined by projects and assignments which will be weighted according to the importance of the assignment as well as the amount of work required to complete the assignment.  The approximate breakdown of points is as follows:

Classwork/Participation                       300 points

MLA Research Project                           100 points

Book Report/AR test                             100 points

*You will be given class time to work on all of the major projects and assignments for this course.

Course Policies:

Missed Classes:  It is YOUR responsibility to find out what you have missed.  You may check online using Google or check with Ms. Green to make sure that you are caught up on all assignments.  It is your responsibility to obtain material distributed on class days when you were absent.   IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP UP WITH YOUR ASSIGNMENTS!

Assignments/Deadlines: Deadlines apply to everyone, even if you miss class. If you are out several days, make arrangements with me as soon as you return to school.  All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date due.

Academic Dishonesty:

Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses; therefore, all parties involved will receive a “0” on the first offense.  In addition, all students involved will be assigned detention and the parent(s)/guardian(s) will be contacted.  For more information, refer to Montoursville Area High School’s Academic Integrity Policy. 

Need for Assistance:

If you have any condition, such as a physical or learning disability, which will make it difficult for you to carry out the work as outlined, or which will require academic accommodations, please notify the teacher as soon as possible.


When a substitute is in for me, I expect students to be on their best behavior.  Any student who is rude or disrespectful to a substitute will be given detention on the first offense.  The second offense will result in in-school suspension.

Other Expectations:

Students are expected to respect others and adhere to the code of conduct as described in their student handbooks.