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Author:Nicole Fields
System: Huntsville City
School: Huntsville City Board Of Education

  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 10874

Title:

Learn the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) System: Research Depends on It!

Overview/Annotation:

The students will develop an understanding of the organization of main and primary subclasses of the Library of Congress Classification System. The students will demonstrate knowledge and independence in using the LCC through online tutorials and by visiting a college library (optional).


 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
IL (K-12)
1. The student who is information literate accesses information efficiently and effectively.
  • Recognizes the need for information.
  • Recognizes that accurate and comprehensive information is the basis for intelligent decision making.
  • Formulates questions based on information needs.
  • Identifies a variety of potential sources of information.
  • Develops and uses successful strategies for locating information.
  •  
    TC2 (9-12) Computer Applications
    9. Practice ethical and legal use of technology systems and digital content.
  • Explaining consequences of illegal and unethical use of technology systems and digital content
  • Examples: cyberbullying, plagiarism
  • Interpreting copyright laws and policies with regard to ownership and use of digital content
  • Citing sources of digital content using a style manual
  • Examples: Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA)
     
    TC2 (9-12) Computer Applications
    10. Analyze capabilities and limitations of current and emerging technologies.
  • Assessing effects of technology on culture, economics, politics, and the environment
  • Comparing capabilities of various technologies to address personal, social, lifelong learning, and career needs
  •  
    TC2 (9-12) Computer Applications
    11. Critique digital content for validity, accuracy, bias, currency, and relevance.
     
    ELA2015 (10)
    28. Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; and integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation. [W.9-10.8]
     
    ELA2015 (11)
    26. Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and overreliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation. [W.11-12.8]
     

    Local/National Standards:

     

    Primary Learning Objective(s):

    Students will distinguish between a library that uses the Dewey system and one that uses the Library of Congress system. Students will research information about the Library of Congress. Students will examine the components of a Library of Congress call number. Students will demonstrate their understanding of the LCC by arranging in order a set of books according to the LCC call numbers and titles.

    Additional Learning Objective(s):

     

     Preparation Information 

    Total Duration:

    91 to 120 Minutes

    Materials and Resources:

    Library of Congress Classification chart (website suggested), list of LCC websites(attached), handout of questions about the LCC(attached), access to a college library (optional)

    Technology Resources Needed:

    Computers with Internet access

    Background/Preparation:

     

      Procedures/Activities: 
     
    1.)The library media specialist (LMS) will introduce the library skills unit focusing on the Library of Congress Classification system and comparing it to the Dewey Decimal Classification system. The LMS should explain that the LCC is the system colleges use.

    2.)The LMS will give students the website to the Library of Congress and allow them time to access the website.
    (Library of Congress website)
    The official website of the Library of Congress

    3.)The LMS should allow students enough time to read about the Library of Congress and browse its links.

    4.)The LMS will then give each student a copy of the LCC Chart (a simple one can be found at the website below but does require the correction of a couple of typos) and a list of websites (attached) on which to do online tutorials of the LCC system. Note: To avoid the time it takes and the inevitable keyboarding mistakes made typing in URLs, save a copy of the website list to each computer's desktop for easier student accessibility.
    (Library of Congress Classification)
    The Library of Congress website.

    5.)Using the list of websites. students will work individually to understand the components of a Library of Congress call number.

    6.)The students will answer 10 questions (attached) on paper about the LCC system.

    7.)Once students feel that they have an understanding of the LCC system, they will be directed to take one of the online quizzes.
    (Library of Congress Call Number Quiz)
    An online Library of Congress Call Number Quiz created by WCSU Libraries.

    8.)Once students feel that they have an understanding of the LCC system, they will be directed to take an online quiz that requires them to shelve books using the LCC system online.
    (LCC Classification Quiz)
    An online Library of Congress call number tutorial/quiz by the Library Lady, your personal online librarian.


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      Assessment  

    Assessment Strategies

    The student will answer 10 questions on paper about the LCC. The LMS will observe students taking the online assessments.


    Acceleration:

    The students will take a field trip to a college library. The LMS will explain the LCC and show examples on the spines of books from the shelf. The students will properly shelve books according to the LCC call number or locate books on different subjects as assigned.

    Intervention:

     
    Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

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    Attention Using Groups and Peers
    Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior

    Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.
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