The Information Literacy Trial Examinations will be held over the next two weeks. In particular be ready to be tested on numeracy in bibliographic records, text types, genres in the narrative and of course the Information Skills Process.
It is most important that you are able to identify text types. There are 8 text types which are styles of communication • Report for description of how things are now (all subjects) • Recount of what happened step by step in sequence (all subjects) • Procedure for methods, recipes, experiments and calculations (especially Science, TAS and Mathematics) • Explanation of how things happened with a cause and effect (especially Science, PDHPE and HSIE) • Exposition of arguments, debates and discussions (especially English) • Response to works of literature, music and art (especially English and Creative Arts) • Personal and Expressive lyrics and poetry (especially English and Music)
and the most powerful Narrative which has the elements of • Orientation • Complication • Sequence in foreground • Sequence in suspense • Resolution• Coda
and is the core text type of literature and movies.
The exam will have ideas you need to know as well as practical questions that that will require calculations. For the exam you will be provided with a ruler to do some measurements. You will have time to find your way around the library so that you can locate books. Remember that calculations, even if they are with numbers rather than words, are a procedure text type.
The questions on genre will make you think about the style or structure of information rather than its content. Examples of genre in the narrative are Science Fiction, Mystery, Thriller and Fantasy. Examples of genre in games are Video, Word, Puzzle and Role Play.
The Information Skills Process must be followed in order. If you are stuck on one step go back to the one before. The steps are 1. Define the key words, topics, themes and ideas. 2. Locate resources in hardcopy from the catalogue and reference books, and digital from the internet or CD ROMs. 3. Select the information that answers the assignment or essay questions and that fit into the topic or theme. 4. Organise your information along lines that makes sense such as by time, place or personality. 5. Present your information in a variety of formats so that you use different fonts, graphics, charts and maps. 6. Evaluate your finished product by sharing with family and friends.
To help you be of good cheer here are the jokes!
How do you get a baby astronaut to sleep?
You rock it.
Where do you find pre historic cows?
In the Mooseum.
What kind of house weighs the least?
A light house.
Who is Santa’s wife?
I always knew you were a nut, I just didn’t know what kind!
Avenue heard this one before?
Isabel out of order? I had to knock!