Big 6

The Big6

The Big6 is an information literacy model developed by educators, Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz . It has been selected for our students to use county-wide as "an information problem-solving strategy". 

They can apply this strategy at all grade levels and across all curriculum content areas. It is an approach that accommodates differences in teaching and learning styles.

Big Six Skills is an ideal approach to information problem solving which can be adapted to existing K - 12 North Carolina and library curriculum standards. By using this strategy, our students will leave equipped with the skills necessary to efficiently and effectively meet their information needs in school, work and personal lives.

The Big Six Skills for Information Literacy

 1.  Task Definition: 
1.1 Define the problem
1.2 Identify the information needed.

2.  Information seeking strategies:
  2.1 Brainstorm all possible sources.
  2.2 Select the best source.

3.  Location and Access:
  3.1 Locate sources.
  3.2 Find information within sources.

4.  Use of information:
  4.1 Engage (e.g., read, hear, view).
  4.2 Extract relevant information.

5.  Synthesis: 
  5.1 Organize information from multiple sources.
  5.2 Present the result.

6.  Evaluation: 

  6.1 Judge the result (effectiveness).
  6.2 Judge the process (efficiency)

Good Websites for Big6 help:  (library site) This one has a link that will explain the Big 6 very clearly to students.  This web site is a matrix.  Using the Big 6 as a guide it explains how these processes can be used more deeply.  It shows which objectives can be reached under each category and websites that can be used to achieve these objectives.