Information Literacy Trial Examination


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?

Mary Christmas

Knock Knock

Who’s there?


Cash who

I always knew you were a nut, I just didn’t know what kind!

Knock Knock

Who’s there?


Avenue heard this one before?

Knock Knock

Who’s there?


Isabel out of order? I had to knock!


Information Literacy at BGHS – Lesson 5

Literacy of Humour

Jokes often surprise us by connecting us to unexpected meanings. In the new digital world of computers we can “embed” a word or an image with a connection to a webpage or a multimedia object. I like to refer to jokes as a metaphor for hyperlinks to unexpected meanings. Humour is very important in helping us keep our sense of wonder. Here are this lesson’s examples.

 How do you tell if you run out of invisible ink? On the other hand, you have different fingers When everything is coming your way you are in the wrong lane. If Barbie is so popular why do you have to buy her friends? What happens if you get scared half to death twice? I used to have an open mind but my brains fell out. (Don’t forget I’m always looking for new jokes. Please send me your best!) Genre in Music, Narrative and Games

In the last lesson we considered a bibliographic record for a music CD.

In the bibliographic record for the music CD “Bare” by Annie Lennox we noted that the subject was Rock Music – 2000–2010.  This lead to music samples of Elvis Presley, Beatles, ABBA, Eurythmics, Nirvana and P!nk and a discussion of changes in definitions of popular music over the last 50 years. Then we discussed the term genre as a way of classifying the style and form of music not connected to its content or meaning. The genre of music is often hard to describe but easy to identify when we hear it. I encourage you to listen to as many different artists as possible and think about whether they perform the genre of R & B, Hip Hop, Folk, Jazz, Classical, Techno, Rock or a combination of a few genre. Narrative can be classified according to genre too. Goosebumps is Horror, Paul Jennings writes Humour and of course the genre I like most is Fairy Tale. Most movies are narrative based too. Titanic is a Romance, Arnie Schwarzenegger makes Action/Adventure movies and Harry Potter is Fantasy. Don’t forget Soap Operas such as Home & Away or Neighbours!


Book Week in August celebrates the best Australian books from 2006. Last month the Librarians had an Extravaganza of ideas about how school libraries and public libraries can workshop the new books. If you have young brothers and sisters there may be some good ideas for you and your parents.

 Questions on Learning

Games can also be classified according genre such as by card game, or board game or video game. Go to this hyperlink for games and answer the following questions.

1) What genre of games to you enjoy?

2) Can you explain why?

3) Are these games skills based or problem based?

4) Who do you play games with or do you play alone?

5) What is your favourite game? Why?

Question on the Narrative

Jack and the Beanstalk.

To answer all the questions on Jack and the Beanstalk you must finish reading the story or listen to the MP3 at home on the Information Literacy at BGHS site under the Narrative Links.

1) Why are beans so amazing?

2) What was the most precious thing that Jack stole from the giant?

3) Do you feel sorry for the giant? Why/Why not?

4) Do you know any scary giants? Who?

5) Why can’t giants share what is precious?


Answer the questions below on a bibliographic record from the Bankstown Library

Item Information
Call Number Collection Volume Ref. Branch Status Due Date Res.
  ANF 649.5 EIN Adult Non Fiction   Greenacre On Loan 2 Aug 2007  


Download Title Reserve Title

Catalogue Information

Field name Details
ISBN 0600606910
Name Einon, Dorothy.
Title Things to do to play & learn / Dorothy Einon.
Also titled Play and learn
  Play & learn
  Things to do to play and learn
Published London : Hamlyn, 2004
Description 224 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm.
Notes Includes indexes.
  “130 fun activities for 2-6 years old”–Cover.
Subjects Play.
  Educational games.
  Child rearing.
  Child development.


1) Title and an alternative title.

2) Name two subjects

3) What is the call number?

4) Is it available? Which branch?

5) Description?

6) Who is this book for?

Information Literacy Lesson 4

Information Literacy at BGHS – Lesson 4 – 11.06.07 

Humour Literacy

Why did Polly put the kettle on?   Because she had nothing else to wear.

When is it unlucky to see a black cat?   When you are a mouse.

What do you call a room without any windows?   A mushroom

How do you catch a monkey?   Behave like a nut.

Why was the chef arrested?   Because she kept beating the eggs.

 Information Skills and Dewey

The Dewey Decimal Classification system sets out subjects based on numbers.

The basic numbers and their subjects are as follows.

000 Generalities                                        100 Philosophy & psychology

200 Religion                                              300 Social sciences

400 Language                                            500 Natural sciences & mathematics

600 Technology (Applied sciences)          700 The arts

800 Literature & rhetoric                           900 Geography & history

Where do your subjects fit? Write the numbers for the following subjects. Some subjects may have more than one set of classification numbers; For example Myths and Legends are in both 200 – Religion,  and 300 – Social Sciences

1)      Mathematics :

2)      English :

3)      Creative Arts :

4)      TAS :

5)      Geography :

 Questions on a narrative

Little Red Riding Hood has existed in a variety of forms for hundreds of years.

The version I used in class and which is recorded on the website is

It is by Charles Perrault, and is found in

Lang, Andrew, ed. “Little Red Riding Hood.” The Blue Fairy Book. New York: Dover, 1965. (Original published 1889.)

Some students were not happy with the ending. They remembered other endings.

As I explained, this is because we take different “interpretations” based on our need for endings and resolutions that we feel comfortable with.

Answer the following questions. Use your imagination if you are not sure of the answer:-

1)      Who was Little Red Riding Hood going to visit?

2)      Why didn’t they live together in the one house?

3)      Who was lurking in the woods?

4)      Why didn’t Little Red Riding Hood rush?

5)      What ending do you prefer to Little Red Riding Hood?


Questions on a bibliographic record. Music CDs are like any other resource and can be catalogued with a bibliographic record. Here is a record from the Bankstown Library catalogue found at

CD ROCK LEN Music   Chester Hill Available        
  CD ROCK LEN Music   Panania Available        
Name Lennox, Annie.
Title Bare [sound recording] / Annie Lennox.
Published United Kingdom : RCA/BMG, p2003
Description 1 sound disc : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes Lyrics included
Contents A Thousand Beautiful Things (Lennox) – 3:07 — Pavement Cracks (Lennox) – 5:10 — The Hurting Time (Lennox) – 7:32 — Honestly (Lennox) – 5:01 — Wonderful (Lennox) – 4:16 — Bitter Pill (Lennox) – 4:00 — Loneliness (Lennox) – 4:01 — The Saddest Song I’ve Got (Lennox) – 4:08 — Erased (Lennox) – 4:40 — Twisted (Lennox) – 4:12 — Oh God (Prayer) (Lennox) – 2:51
Subjects Rock music — 2001-2010

Answer the following questions.

1)      Title :

2)      Name :

3)      Description :

4)      Place of Publication :

5)      Subjects :

6)      Call Number :

7)      Number of copies available:

 Questions on learning. 

In the last lesson we talked about the need to take time to reflect on our learning.

I played some meditation music and we thought about how we relax.

Answer the following questions.

1)      Do you listen to music while you study?

2)      Do you listen to music to relax and/or study?

3)      Do some kinds of music help you study better?

4)      What kind of music is that?

5)      Who is your favourite singer/artist?

Mr. Davidson


Information Literacy Lesson 3

Part 1 

Consider the space in between reading and understanding. 

She had a boyfriend with a wooden leg, but broke it off. 

When a clock is hungry, it goes back four seconds. 

A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat. 

When you’ve seen one shopping centre, you’ve seen a mall. 

Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. 

Part 2  

Information Skills Process  

 Producing a research assignment is like baking a cake. You must be thorough in preparing the ingredients and follow the steps in the recipe carefully. Here are the six steps recommended for creating the best assignments.   

1)       Define the key words/subjects

2)       Locate rich resources

3)       Select information that suits the questions

4)       Organise the results by themes, such as time, place or personality

5)       Present the results in a variety of ways

6)       Assess and evaluate the results of your search     

Click on the hyperlink to see a comprehensive list of questions and answers on the Information Process that the NSW Department of Education uses to help students learn. 

Part 3 

Information Literacy and self empowerment.  

We are not always lucky in life but with good information literacy skills we can be prepared for new opportunities that may come our way. Rumpelstilskin is an excellent example of how a girl uses a combination of good fortune and information skills to solve the problems she was facing.    

Using the central narrative answer the following questions. 

1)       Why do people boast of things that cannot be done?

2)       What is straw?

3)       Why is gold so precious?

4)       What is more valuable than all the treasures in the world?

5)       Why are names so important? 

Part 4    Bibliographic records not only give information through metadata they are an exercise in visual literacy. Look at the record below. 


Item Information

Call Number


Volume Ref.



Due Date


  JNF 333.79 MOR

Junior Non Fiction


On Loan

17 Mar 2007


  JNF 333.79 MOR

Junior Non Fiction

Chester Hill




Download Title

Reserve Title

Catalogue Information

Field name





Morgan, Sally.


Alternative energy sources / Sally Morgan.


Oxford : Heinemann Library, c2002.


64 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm.


Science at the edge


Includes bibliographical references (p. 63) and index.


Alternative energy sources — A fossil-fueled world — Making and storing electricity — Harnessing the wind — Trapping light — Water power — Heat from the ground — Nuclear energy — Bioenergy — The future of renewable sources.


Renewable energy sources — Juvenile literature.

Links to Related Works

Subject References:      
Renewable energy sources — Juvenile literature

Morgan, Sally.

Science at the edge

Questions about the bibliographic record.

Answer the questions from the record above 

1)       Title:

2)       Author:

3)       Description:

4)       Series:

5)       Place and date of publication 

Part 5 

How we learn best 

Some students are saying they learn best when they work with each other. We call this collaboration. Other students are saying they want time to think about what they have learned. We call this reflection. Answer these questions.

1)       Do you like group work?

2)       Why is that?

3)       When do you think about what you have learned?

4)       Do you want more time to reflect and ask questions in Information Literacy lessons?

5)       Do some subjects need more time to reflect on?

6)       Which subjects are those? 

Information Literacy lessons

Information Literacy at BGHS – Lesson 2 

Knock, knock!Who’s there?Mary.Mary who?Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas! 

Knock, knock!Who’s there?Alex.Alex who? I’ll explain if you let me!

Q. What is faster, heat or cold?      

A. Heat. You can catch a cold.


Q. What would you call Superwoman if she lost all her powers?                   

A. Woman


   The Tree of Knowledge: Arts and Sciences

   Some people imagine that all knowledge is connected as though it formed and branched on a tree. There are two main branches to begin with. One branch deals with subjects where experiments can be repeated with the same results and mathematical ideas proven by logic. The other main branch deals with subjects that are unique and creative, like art, music and poetry. Some subjects use a combination of logic, imagination and creativity.

  The Key Learning Areas (or KLAs) of high school are English, Science, Mathematics, HSIE (which includes Geography, History, and other subjects), Languages, Creative Arts (which includes Visual Arts and Music), PDHPE and Technology (which includes Food Technology, Textiles and other subjects). All of your teachers will teach subjects in these KLAs. Sometimes they teach a number of related subjects. For instance a Maths teacher might teach Science and an English teacher could teach History). All of these subjects need a degree of Information Literacy in order to achieve the outcomes the syllabus states are necessary to be skilled and proficient in the subject.

Bibliographic records

Click on this link to find an item in the library.

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Top of Form  Item Information
Call Number Collection Volume Ref. Branch Status Due Date Res.
  ANF 371.58 GAR Adult Non Fiction   Padstow Available        

Download Title Reserve Title

Catalogue Information

Field name Details
ISBN 0743228987
Name Garbarino, James.
Title And words can hurt forever : how to protect adolescents from bullying, harassment, and emotional violence / James Garbarino and Ellen deLara.
Published New York : Free Press, 2002.
Description xvi, 238 p.
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subjects Bullying.
  Aggressiveness in adolescence.
  Bullying — Prevention.
Added Names DeLara, Ellen.

Answer the following questions about the bibliographic record.





Call number:

Hansel and Gretel

The narrative of Hansel and Gretel has many topics within it.

The first time they were taken into the forest what did Hansel use to mark a path?

What was the house made out of?

What colour were the witch’s eyes?

What had happened when they got home?

What school subjects or KLAs can be found in Hansel and Gretel?

 Favourite subjects.

   What was your favourite subject in primary school?

Have things changed now you are in high school?

Why is that do you think?

You can do this homework in one of three ways. You can respond on hardcopy, email me the answers or use the blogsite at

Mr Davidson

12 March 2007

Information Literacy lesson 1

Welcome to the Library

The JEHS Library Website

Your first library card is free.

It has your surname in capitals and your first name with the first letter in capitals and the rest of the letters in lower case.

Use this system to fill in the cover details of your workbook.


Information Literacy at JEHS – Lesson 1 

Q. Why did the teacher need dark glasses?

A. Because her students were so bright. 

Q: Why are fish so smart?

A: Because they live in schools. 

We like jokes because they make our minds stretch to places we didn’t expect to go but when we get there it’s a pleasant surprise. That is the way we want you to think about the library. (Not as a joke but a place for pleasant surprises!)


This 3 year old child learns by experience. He can taste, smell and touch, as well as see and hear. We say he has “empirical knowledge”. However he is illiterate.


There are many locations for books in the library.

Non-Fiction books are full of facts about particular subjects.

Fiction books are centred on a narrative and while an author makes them up they must ring true or we lose interest in them.

There are other smaller locations for special books such as manga and picture books.


Throughout the year we will learn about how to get and use information. We call this information literacy. Each lesson we will explore a fairy tale narrative and reflect on the useful information it reveals. Then we will practice getting information from various sources by using the catalogue.


The best way to experience fairy stories is to hear them. If you didn’t hear Mr Davidson’s version then you can read the first story at Puss in Boots. The story has some really magical parts but it is also full of information.

Are you getting the idea about Information Literacy?

See it on a Prezi


Answer the following questions about Puss in Boots

1) What does a miller do?

2) What do rabbits eat?

3) What do chickens eat?

4) How do you trick ogres?

5) What are cats useful for?



1) Tell us about your last school library.

2) What was special about it?

3) How did it make you feel?

4) Do you remember the name of your teacher librarian?