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Collaborative Lesson Plan for a School Librarian

Updated on February 22, 2015
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Rosie was an elementary school teacher for 13 years, teaching grades 3-5. She is now a Library Media Specialist in an elementary school.


Overview of Lesson

Grade: 4th grade, or upper elementary grades

Content Topic: Biography research of historical figures, note taking, and citing sources.

Students will choose a historical figure that they have learned about in Virginia history this year. They will access information and take appropriate notes, citing their sources. Students will later use this information to create a paragraph.


Teacher will:

  • Introduce students to taking notes in a previous lesson.
  • Share information about historical figures in class during Social Studies.
  • Teach students how to write paragraphs in Language Arts.
  • Have students use their notes, gathered while in the library, to create a paragraph.

Librarian will:

  • Demonstrate how to find information using a biographical database.
  • Guide students in gathering important facts, taking appropriate notes, and using their own words so that they are not plagiarizing.
  • Show students how to cite their sources correctly.

Final Product/Learning Outcome

Students will be able to search a database, find important facts, take notes, and cite their sources. Students will be able to produce a paragraph using the information they have gathered while in the library.


Library: Note card handout filled out by students, along with citations for sources used.

Classroom: Paragraphs produced using note card handout.


Librarian: Observe students as they research, take notes, and cite their sources. Collect note card handouts and assess them individually for completion.

Teacher: Final paragraphs and research completion.

Student Self-Assessment:

Short survey

Strategies for Remediation:

Have students pair up with another student who does not need remediation and who can help guide them to successfully in completing tasks. This could take place in the classroom or in the library.


Direct Instruction:

Explain to students that they will be researching their historical figure using an online biographical database. Tell them that they will need to find information that they can eventually put into a paragraph describing their person of choice.

Ask students what kind of information they will be looking for and guide them towards items that would be considered to be important information.

Discuss plagiarism and how to practice the ethical use of information. Allow students to share their knowledge of the subject. Describe how students can practice using information ethically in this assignment by writing in their own words and citing their sources.

Modeling and Guided Practice:

Using the projector, show students how to access the biographical database, Demonstrate how to search for information about a specific person. Model this process with a historical figure, showing students how to pull important information from an article via the database.

Model taking notes without copying the information, putting it in your own words.

Remind students that they will need to cite their work and show them how to access bibliographical information easily using this database.

Independent Practice:

Students will be directed to go to the biographical database and do a search on the historical figure that they chose. Students will be expected to read through articles, select important information, and phrasing it in their own words, record it on their notecard sheet. Students will also be citing their findings as they view the different results.

Sharing and Reflecting:

Students will share aloud one quote or one important fact that they recorded. Students will share with a partner some of the things they learned about their historical figure. Students will complete a short survey reflecting on their work today.

Strategies for Differentiation:

  • Shorten assignment
  • Have students work in small groups
  • Have students work with a partner


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    • Rosie writes profile image

      Rosie writes 4 years ago from Virginia

      Yes, it is a lot of work, but a binder full of plans will come in handy over the years. Sharing lessons with colleagues is great too - less work. Thanks for reading.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Wow! Doing formal lesson plans is a lot of work. Such detail. I am impressed. I have also realized it is good that I teach college, not primary or middle school. I have to master a lot of material,but detailed lessons plan are not on my plate. Hope your December is going well. Theresa