Higher Order Thinking Skills

Higher Order Thinking Skills

Information and Research Skills & Curricula:

  • 21st Century Literacies: Tools for Reading the World This EXCELLENT resource created by Debbie Abilock on her NoodleTools website explores LANGUAGE LITERACY, VISUAL LITERACY, HISTORICAL LITERACY, CULTURAL LITERACY, INFORMATION LITERACY, MEDIA LITERACY, SCIENTIFIC LITERACY AND MATHEMATICAL LITERACY. This site is a must see for understanding the new literacies of today's info world.
  • Information Power From the ALA, information literacy skills, standards, and guidelines.
  • The Big 6 Developed by Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz, the Big6 is the most widely-known and widely-used approach to teaching information and technology skills in the world.
  • The Big 6 Kids Research process steps of the Big 6 for the elementary student.
  • The Research Cycle Jamie McKenzie's guide to research steps.
  • ISMA 21st Century Information Fluency Portal Free online micro learning modules that offers short courses on search strategies, web evaluation, citation and copyright.
  • Information Skills Rubric A rubric for evaluating information literacy skills.
  • Elementary How-To The Oregon School Library System has put together an amazing array of resources for both students and teachers. There are modules for everything from How to Take Notes to How to Do Research.
  • Secondary How-To Same as above at the secondary level.
  • How to Ask Good Questions From the Big6 website, this is an excellent place to send your students to as they work on formulating research questions.
  • Fact Fragment Frenzy From ReadWriteThink, elementary interactive guide which allows students to practice finding facts in text, type the facts and print them out.
  • Taking Notes: It's Not Rocket Science! Another great resource from the Big6 website that guides students through the process of taking notes.
  • Collecting Resources Worksheet This is a PDF file checklist of resources to gather information from developed by the Searingtown School Library Media Center.

First Things First!  Evaluate and Cite Your Sources!

Evaluating Websites:
Is the web site reliable? Should you cite it as a valid resource?  These sites provide excellent help:

Citation and Bibliography Resources:

Free Bibliography Wizards:

  • Citation Maker Based on MLA style, an interactive citation maker that allows you to create, save, and print your citations from OSLS.
  • EasyBib Another MLA style wizard that allows you to create, save, and print your citations.
  • Landmark's Citation Machine an interactive Web tool designed to assist teachers and students in producing reference citations for crediting information from other people.

Copyright, Fair Use, Plagiarism and Cheating:

Study Skills:

Critical Thinking Skills and Resources:

Socratic Seminar - Critical Thinking: