The Common Core in Action
Ready-to-Use Lesson Plans for K–6 Librarians
by Deborah J. Jesseman
June 2015, 254pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-717-0
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Simply put, this book will give you additional opportunities to work with teachers and exercise leadership in your school.

This book addresses Common Core State Standard curriculum resources to assist the school librarian in collaborating with classroom teachers.

Librarians are being asked to understand the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and their implications to programming and instruction, as well as to collection development planning. Using lesson plans originally published in School Library Monthly, this title builds upon them, adding many additional plans that address CCSS issues. The plans will help you implement the standards and can also be used as stepping stones to facilitate planning conversations and collaboration with teachers to co-teach lessons correlated with the standards.

The book begins with an overview of the CCSS—what they are, how are they different from the content standards, and what the implications are for schools where the state has adopted them, including what the CCSS mean for collection development. It then goes on to explore the opportunities the CCSS present for the school librarian, looking at how you can become a leader in employing the process. The majority of the book is devoted to reproducible lesson plans, organized by curricular area or topic and grade level for ease of use.


  • Offers you the opportunity to exercise leadership in your school, playing a key role in the implementation of the CCSS in all subject areas and collaborating with instructors to co-teach lessons correlated with the standards
  • Provides ready-to-implement lesson plans cross-referenced to the CCSS for all grade levels
  • Shares collection development planning guidelines relating to the CCSS
  • Includes resource suggestions and additional lesson plans in all content areas
Deborah J. Jesseman, MLS, PhD, is a tenured professor of education and school library and information studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN. She has been a school librarian, a business education and math teacher, and a university professor and program coordinator. Her published works include the School Library Media Certification By State handbook for School Library Monthly and the International Collaborative Curriculum Development Project. Jesseman holds a master's degree in library science from Indiana University and a doctorate in educational studies: higher ed administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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