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The three-year Information Literacy curriculum is not taught in a separate course but in conjunction with the GMS core curriculum. We use a model of inquiry called The Big 6, which breaks down the research process into six steps: Define, Search, Locate, Use, Synthesize, and Evaluate. By the end of eighth-grade, students know how to research a topic, collect their findings into a meaningful presentation, and cite their sources of information to create a bibliography. Students gain an understanding of the different research options available to them, as well as the serious consequences for plagiarism and copyright infringement.
All grades work to improve their searching, evaluating, and communication skills in a changing information environment. Working collaboratively in support of core academic classes allows students to understand that skills learned in one class are also needed in another. Many lessons are geared to supplement material being learned in science, math, computer science, humanities, and art classes.