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The Big 6 Skills

Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz , co-creators of
The Big 6TM

The Big6TM Skills


#1 Task Definition

  • What is my task?
  • What are some topics or questions I need to answer?
  • What information will I need?

#2 Information Seeking Strategies

  • Brainstorm all possible sources where you can locate the information you need.
  • Select the best sources.

#3 Location and Access

  • Where can you locate the sources?
  • Where can I find the information in the sources?

#4 Use of Information

  • You are reading, listening, viewing, touching.  Ask yourself, what information is useful?
  • Take notes. 

#5 Synthesis

  • Organize your information
  • How do you present your information? 

#6 Evaluation

  • Judge your product.  Did you do what was required?
  • •Judge the process.  Did you complete all the Big6 Steps?     



Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz, Big6TMcreators and authors of The Big6TMCollection: The Best of the Big6 Newsletter; Teaching Information & Technology Skills: The Big6TMin Elementary Schools; Teaching Information & Technology Skills: The Big 6 in Secondary SchoolsTM, and The New Improved Big6TM Workshop Handbook