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Phase 1: Plan

The Plan phase consists of six steps. The first step, Start consists of teachers framing the context of the task and making sure that the student has comprehended the assigned task. The other five steps are intended to help students identify their needs and map out a strategy on how to find the best information given their needs. The first phase has been called "plan" because that is essential to what they are doing at this stage; they are identifying their information need, the key ideas at the root of their subject, and determining the best resources to use to meet their needs.

The Steps

In the first phase your child will create a plan for their inquiry. This involves identifying their information need and creating a plan to address this need. This phase features the following 6 steps in guided mode:

*An Action Plan is automatically created at the end of this phase.

Parent Tips

There are a variety of strategies that you may use at home to help develop your pre-teen child's Information Literacy skills. Here are some examples:

  • Review the task (assignment) that has been given to your child.
  • Help your child in the preparation of a realistic schedule for completion of the Task.
  • Suggest working on one step at a time rather than trying to tackle multiple steps in one sitting.
  • Motivate your child by showing an enthusiastic desire to support them throughout this inquiry process.