The Standards call for learning objectives that align with JLI methodology.
“To be ready for college, workforce training, and life in a technological society, students need the ability to gather, comprehend, evaluate, synthesize, and report on information and ideas, to conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems, and to analyze and create a high volume and extensive range of print and non-print texts in media forms old and new.” (CCSSSELA)
“The need to conduct research and to produce and consume media is embedded into every aspect of today’s curriculum. In like fashion, research and media skills and understandings are embedded throughout the Standards rather than treated in a separate section.” (CCSSELA)
JLI students work in groups and individually to research topics that reflect their intrinsic interests, identify experts who can speak to these topics, prepare questions, schedule and conduct interviews, write and produce stories, and publish their work, digitally and in print. As they research, JLI students conduct strategic information searches, determining strong sources from weak ones through context and critical thinking. During this process, students are given project roles–either assigned, rotating, or self-agreed upon–which they are accountable to through the project’s completion.
Students learn to communicate effectively via social media, develop a workflow, maintain an online brand or presence using platforms like WordPress or Wix, design publications, and use digital tools and software such as–but not limited to– Garage Band, Photoshop, tablets, DSLR cameras, In Design, or Final Cut.