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critical literacy
The ability to read texts in an active, reflective manner in order to better understand power, inequality, and injustice in human relationships.
critical thinking
Complex thinking based on the acquisition and evaluation of new knowledge. The focus of learning is the pursuit of logical conclusions drawn from facts and evidence. The goal is for students to develop skills that help them critically assess information and avoid indoctrination into received wisdom.

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Map skills and higher-order thinking
This series of articles looks at map skills as a kind of visual literacy, considering what maps are, how they're made, and the higher-order thinking skills students need to move from simply decoding maps to fully comprehending them.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Arts of persuasion
Strategies for teaching middle school students to think critically, analyze persuasive arguments, and use speaking and writing to persuade others.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Reading images: an introduction to visual literacy
Images are all around us, and the ability to interpret them meaningfully is a vital skill for students to learn.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault and David Walbert.
It's an ad!
How do marketers target kids — and how can we teach kids to know the difference between advertising and fact? These websites provide strategies to build critical thinking skills for media literate kids.
By Melissa Thibault.
North Carolina Teacher Standards and Evaluation Process
Students will examine the standards and evaluation model in this online course.
Format: article/online course
Are you prepared to meet the literacy needs of African American male youth?
The need for quality literacy education is strong, particularly for certain underserved populations. One group in critical need of improved literacy instruction is African American males. According to the National Association for Educational Progress 2011...
Format: video/presentation
Media Literacy
How do you know if something is true? How can you figure out if someone is trying to influence or sell to you? Put yourself in their shoes and consider the source! Check out this selection of websites from our Best of the Web.
Format: bibliography/help
Social Studies Methods: K-5 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 2.3
Essential Standards History Critical Understandings: understanding change over time, narrative nature of history, sources of history, historical thinking, North Carolina history, United States History My...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Social Studies Methods: 6-8 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 2.4
Essential Standards History Critical Understandings: using historical thinking, expansion and decline of civilizations, modern societies, global interactions, North Carolina history, US history Name...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Are you prepared to meet the literacy needs of African American male youth?
This webinar explores the role of the educational community in closing the literacy achievement gap; nurturing the resolve of African American male youth, helping them reconcile their different identities, and reimagine their place in the world; and enabling African American male youth to take action in their own lives and in their communities.
Format: presentation
By Amanda Hitson and Sandra Hughes-Hassell.
Social Studies Methods: 9-12 Model Lessons
In Preservice teacher education resources, page 2.5
World History Critical Understandings: ancient civilizations, medieval civilizations, first age of global interaction, exploration and expansion, Age of Revolutions and Rebellions, modern era, and the last half of the twentieth century...
Format: article/teacher's guide
Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History
Best practices, process guides, worksheets, and other resources for teaching with LEARN NC's digital textbook of North Carolina history.
Format: (multiple pages)
Reading maps: A process guide
In Map skills and higher-order thinking, page 15
In Educator's Guides: North Carolina Digital History, page 2.2
Maps, even contemporary ones, are basically primary sources that have to be analyzed and evaluated. This process guide for reading maps is based on Kathryn Walbert's model for approaching primary sources. I. Identification...
Format: worksheet/learner's guide
By David Walbert.
Deafness, self-esteem, and the inclusive classroom
A deaf student surrounded by hearing peers in an inclusive classroom may experience feelings of isolation. The classroom teacher, however, can play a critical role in supporting a deaf student's self-esteem and sense of belonging within the culture of the...
Format: video
Modes of communication: Interpreters, hearing aids, and cochlear implants
Understanding the variety of communication modes used by deaf people is critical in order for an inclusive classroom teacher to teach a deaf student effectively. Through expert interviews and classroom footage, this video shares some easily-implemented strategies...
Format: video
Modes of communication: Interpreters, hearing aids, and cochlear implants
Understanding the variety of communication modes used by deaf people is critical in order for an inclusive classroom teacher to teach a deaf student effectively. Through expert interviews and classroom footage, this video shares some easily-implemented strategies...
Format: video
Resources for looking at art
A guide to some of the best websites, activities, and print resources for building visual literacy through the study of art.
Format: article
By Melissa Thibault.
Nepali school children
Nepali school children
Students at a public school in the mountains of Nepal. A 2001 census counted 26,000 secondary schools in Nepal and literacy is greatly on the rise throughout the country. But despite such advancs, educational management, quality, relevance, and access are...
Format: image/photograph
Promoting reading comprehension skills in the elementary classroom
Researchers have identified the strategies that expert readers use to understand text. Develop your students into active, purposeful readers by teaching these strategies in your classroom.
Format: article/online course
Critical literacy
Critical literacy is the ability to read texts in an active, reflective manner in order to better understand power, inequality, and injustice in human relationships. This article outlines the history and theory of critical literacy and details its application in the classroom.
Format: article
By Heather Coffey.