I will never forget how I felt when I began my first job and realized that I had no idea what to teach my students. The librarian who I replaced left me absolutely nothing to work with. Her office was completely empty, there were no sample lesson plans or curriculum maps, not even a few old worksheets. Virginia also does not have any kind of curriculum specifically for library skills. And I’ll be the first to admit that the library program I graduated from did a rather poor job of preparing me. So I spent that first year feeling completely lost and overwhelmed.
It took me a few years but I finally came up with a plan. By that time I had studied the curriculum for all grade levels and subjects. I knew what was being taught in the classroom and what areas our students typically struggled with. I combined that with the skills I wanted the students to learn.
What I ended up with was a hybrid between a curriculum map and a scope and sequence. It was not a formal document. I was never required to submit anything to my administration. I wrote weekly lesson plans but there were hardly ever looked at. I did make sure that my lessons were aligned to the standards of learning as much as possible, both state standards and the AASL standards. I want to share this document with you.
This is not a fancy document. It is a broad overview of the skills I teach over the course of a school year. It is broken down monthly by grade level. It does not have standards or include details about the individual lessons I teach. I do plan to add all of those things in a future update. I hope that this will at least give you an idea of what skills you want to teach your students and when you want to teach them.
The document includes two curriculum maps. The first map is just a list of the skills and lessons I teach monthly. The second map has links to products in my store that you can use to help teach some of the skills.
Over the years, my free curriculum map has been essential for many educators. Based on their feedback and requests, I created the EDITABLE School Library Curriculum Maps. This product includes a 39 page horizontal template and a 10 page vertical template for grades K-5. These templates come in an editable PowerPoint document, an editable Google Slides file and a PDF document.
Here are some thoughts educators shared about the Editable School Library Curriculum Maps:
“This has become my favorite tool for mapping out my lesson plans. I’ve used it to create a curriculum map, a grade level specific list of books, and weekly lesson plans.”-Amanda C.
“I love how simplistic and editable these templates are for creating my own curriculum! I’ve already seen the benefits using it at the elementary level and will continue to use it at the high school level.”-Rosanne N.
“This was such a HUGE time saver for me in planning my curriculum for the year! Thank you for making it so easy to use, and so well-organized.”-Jennifer F.
I hope you find these Library Curriculum Map resources helpful!