Camden-Rockport Middle School

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Library Skills



Library skills at Camden-Rockport Middle School are taught by the librarian in conjunction with the various subject areas as well in focused 5th and 6th grade library skills classes.

Throughout grades 5-8, the library is available to students for fiction and nonfiction reading on a wide variety of reading levels. Each month, approximately 1000 books circulate. The collection is wide-ranging in order to meet the needs of the different ages, maturity, reading levels, and interests of the students as well as to support, the curriculum.

Grade 5

Each 5th grader attends focused orientation sessions early in the school year to ensure that student are familiar with and comfortable using the library. These sessions focus on book location, care and feeding of books, appropriate library behavior, genres, fiction and nonfiction, book selection, etc. These students also learn how to appropriately use of the library website and catalog. Later in the school year, 5th graders use the library's resources to research the key attributes of the thirteen colonies. Throughout the year, 5th graders visit the library to select and check out library books.

The 5th grade library skills unit is focused on increasing and improving the depth and breadth of student sustained silent reading.


Grade 6

Library skills are expanded in Grade 6, through Social Studies with extensive use of indices, glossaries, atlases, biographical dictionaries, etc. Students hone their skills during original, hands on units on Westward Expansion,  Boom or Bust (the 1920s and 1930s), and World War II. In 6th grade Science, students use the library to research, take notes on, and cite sources on minerals, topics in space, and the environment.

During the 6th grade library skills unit students write and film short book reviews and use print and digital resources to research topics of individual interest. 



Essential Question: How does an author hook and hold the reader’s attention?

Learning Target: I can demonstrate an appreciation of literature as a reflection of human experience and reading as a pleasurable activity. 


Essential Question: How do people build knowledge ?

Learning Targets:I can my opinions appropriately with with an authentic audience (video book review)

I can use print and digital resources to research a topic of my own interest.