5 Essential Steps to Teach Information Literacy in Middle School

Information literacy is quickly becoming one of the most important topics to cover in schools across the United States. It sharpens their minds with critical thinking skills, and it empowers them to separate fact and fiction. However, if you don’t have the right tools to teach information literacy, your students won’t understand one of the major 21st Century skills they need to succeed.

But how do you teach something so technical and complicated?

There are the five essential steps to teach information literacy in middle school:

  1. Define information literacy
  2. Show examples of trustworthy and untrustworthy information
  3. Define what makes an online source trustworthy
  4. Encourage critical thinking
  5. Introduce other 21st Century skills