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English 90853 (1.9) Information literacy

Helps equip young people with the information literacy skills to make informed choices about what’s right for them.

About this resource

This resource has been supported by the NZ Drug Foundation (www.drugfoundation.org.nz) 
as part of their aim to encourage debate and research about the reality of alcohol use in NZ. 
It is also supported by The Collaborative for Research and Training in Youth Health and Development (www.collaborative.org) as part of their kaupapa to support the healthy development of young people.

Future-focused skills, critical thinking and language use are at the heart of this learning resource. Whether the learner is in a traditional classroom space or an open learning environment, the intention is to guide them through an inquiry of their own into a topic that personally interests them. At each stage they will develop the literacy skills required by the information age.

Learning opportunities are flexible in design, and can be used either as a complete teaching sequence or sampled from as the facilitator sees fit. As a result there are plenty of options for practical and project-based learning here. Learning is structured according to the Guided Inquiry Design framework (Kuhlthau, Maniotes, Caspari, 2012)

Teaching happens as the inquiry is modelled. If the intention is to assess learners against AS90853 Use information literacy skills to form conclusions, it’s important that evidence is collated by the learner as they go for assessment purposes at the end.




Become curious and open their minds to new ideas about
New Zealand’s patterns of alcohol use


Build background knowledge about alcohol in NZ society, connect to the content, discover subtexts of alcohol messaging


Explore interesting information, issues and opinions about alcohol


Decide on a direction, create inquiry questions to investigate an area of interest


Gather credible, reliable information


Form conclusions and communicate them


Share their findings


In the words of the New Zealand Curriculum, learners will:

  • integrate sources of information and prior knowledge purposefully and confidently to make sense of increasingly varied and complex texts
  • Select and use appropriate processing and comprehension strategies with confidence
  • think critically about texts with understanding and confidence

Purposes and audiences

Students will:

  • identify particular points of view within texts about alcohol and recognise that texts can position a reader
  • evaluate the reliability and usefulness of texts about alcohol with confidence


Students will:

  • make meaning by understanding comprehensive ideas
  • make connections by interpreting ideas within and between texts from a range of contexts
  • recognise that there may be more than one reading available within a text
  • make and support inferences from texts independently

Language features

Students will:

  • use an increasing vocabulary to make and create meaning


Students will:

  • identify and understand the characteristics and conventions of a range of text forms and considers how they contribute to and affect text meaning.

Structured in three styles, the range of options creates flexibility for the teacher around pace and delivery style.

A task...

Is quick and simple. Use it to check understanding of a skill or introduce a concept.

Allow 5 - 10 minutes

An activity...

Is slightly more involved. Can be done individually or in pairs.

Allow 20 - 30 minutes

A project...

Is a more substantial piece of work. Requires more complex problem solving and collaboration skills.

Allow 1 hour +

See the Resource Framework document for a detailed breakdown of learning opportunities.

There are two separate resources here, although they are similar in structure. Seeking Recommendations offers students a more specific and authentic context in which to ground their inquiry. The Demon Drink? lets students choose a context of their own (related to the general topic of alcohol consumption).

Additional reading for teachers

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Resource Framework

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Conducting classroom discussions

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