How the ‘Big6’ can aid in Common Core implementation


The Big6 system follows six key points:

  1. Task definition: Define the problem and identify the information needed to solve it.
  2. Information-seeking strategies: Determine all possible sources, then select the best source.
  3. Location and access: Locate sources and find information within sources.
  4. Use of information: Engage (i.e., read, hear, view) and extract relevant information.
  5. Synthesis: Organize information from multiple sources and present the result.
  6. Evaluation: Judge the result/effectiveness; judge the process/efficiency.

When educators can structure their responses to the Common Core State Standards requirements using the Big6, they will be able to pass information skills to students, and help them approach and solve problems logically.

“I think it’s time that we stepped up and said that the IT skills curriculum is, in fact, a curriculum,” said Eisenberg, professor and dean emeritus at the Information School at the University of Washington. “The way it’s learned is by integrating it with other curricula. We are key players in seeing that students learn these skills.”

To implement the Big6 with the Common Core, educators should…

  • Identify the Common Core standard they want students to learn.
  • Make the Big6 connection and identify which stage corresponds to the specific Common Core standard.
  • Link that connection to the classroom, subject-area curriculum, and especially to an assignment.
  • Create a lesson or activity to develop the Common Core and Big6 skill that is targeted to curriculum and assignments.

 Follow Managing Editor Laura Devaney on Twitter: @eSN_Laura.

Laura Ascione
Latest posts by Laura Ascione (see all)

Want to share a great resource? Let us know at submissions@eschoolmedia.com.