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From the education reference

information commons
A place, either virtual or physical, that promotes the sharing and unrestricted access to information.
critical literacy
The ability to read texts in an active, reflective manner in order to better understand power, inequality, and injustice in human relationships.

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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)
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.
Rethinking Reports
Creative research-based assignments provide alternatives to the President Report, Animal Report, and Famous Person Report that ask students to think about old topics in new ways, work collaboratively, and develop products that support a variety of learning styles.
Format: series (multiple pages)
North Carolina Teacher Standards and Evaluation Process
Students will examine the standards and evaluation model in this online course.
Format: article/online course
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.
Adolescent literacy: Social studies comprehension strategies
"Adolescent Literacy: Social Studies Strategies" equips teachers with a variety of strategies and resources to enhance literacy instruction in the social studies classroom in an ongoing and purposeful manner.
Format: article/online course
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.
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.
Finding hidden messages in advertising
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.3
In this lesson for grade six, students will look for hidden messages in magazine advertisements and will create their own ads with hidden messages.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6 English Language Arts)
By Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
Mapping HIV infection in Africa
Using statistical information and maps, students will note the correlation between socio-economic factors and the impact of HIV/AIDS in the countries of Africa.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Social Studies)
By Greg Mitchell.
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
Photo comparison: Focus on geography
A worksheet for students to use when comparing photographs, focusing on information about the population of the region in which they were taken.
Format: worksheet
By Eric Eaton.
We read every day!
Through observation outside of the classroom, students will gather and bring to class five items that exhibit different sources of information comprised of more complex vocabulary.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–7 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
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)
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.
Common Core and the special education student
Course description The Common Core has brought wide reaching shifts in K-12 education. While much of the emphasis has been placed on particular content areas – there is still much to examine when discussing best practices for implementing Common...
Format: article/online course
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)
Believe it or not! Reporting on amazing animals
In Rethinking Reports, page 2.3
A visual and oral presentation of an "animal report" can engage students' interest and develop their artistic and visual literacy skills.
By Melissa Thibault.
Teach an online course in your school
This document explains how to teach an online course on LEARN NC's Moodle server.
Format: article/help
Resource recon
Teams of students will search for the answers to questions using various information resources. The questions will be in categories such as: biography, current events, historical events, geography, language. Besides competing for the fastest answer, the students will learn (1) how to use the resource effectively and (2) which resource is best for finding different types of information.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4–7 English Language Arts and Information Skills)
By Keith Dudley.